Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 107

The command of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces charged in a communique yesterday that "the leadership of Belarus, in breach of existing agreements, is blocking the transfer to Russia of nuclear munitions remaining on Belarus territory." Attempts by Russian Defense Ministry and Strategic Nuclear Forces command effect the transfer "have remained fruitless because of the Belarus side’s incomprehensible position," the statement said. Belarus still has on its territory 18 nuclear-armed missiles of the Topol type, the last remnant of a far larger ex-Soviet nuclear force. (Russian and Western agencies, June 3). The thinly veiled reference is to President Aleksandr Lukashenko who has threatened to cancel the missiles’ transfer to Russia if NATO enlarges eastwards, but has also demanded Russian economic compensation for the warheads.

Abkhaz Military Leaders Replaced.