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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Compensation

MINSK () -- President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus was acting against its own economic interests by giving up former Soviet nuclear weapons and suggested it should receive substantial compensation.

Lukashenko, in comments shown on national television Monday night, told a visiting British minister that the West did not understand Belarus's economic difficulties.

"Belarus estimates at $400 million compensation for nuclear components from tactical weapons withdrawn from the country," he told junior Foreign Office Minister Sir Nicholas Bonsor.

He accused Britain of "acting against Belarus within international financial organizations.