(Moscow) Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened on Saturday to use depleted uranium shells in Ukraine if Kyiv were to receive them from the West, as recently mentioned by a British official.

“Russia, of course, has something to answer for. We have, without exaggeration, hundreds of thousands of such shells. We are not using them at the moment,” Putin said in an interview with Russian television.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said on Saturday that Moscow would deploy “tactical” nuclear weapons on the territory of its ally, Belarus, a country located on the doorstep of the European Union.

“There is nothing unusual here: the United States has been doing this for decades. They have long been deploying their tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of their allies,” Putin said. “We agreed to do the same,” he added, saying he had the Minsk agreement.