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Hot: Belarus deploys special forces to the southern border near Ukraine

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Belarusian President Lukashenko. Photo Reuters

Belarus, a close ally of Russia, said in March that its armed forces were not involved in Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, but that Belarus had served as a launching pad for Russia to send thousands of troops to. crossed the border on February 24.

Minsk has been complaining for months about NATO countries like Poland, Lithuania and Latvia has concentrated troops near its borders and is increasing the number and intensity of military exercises in response.

“The United States and its allies continue to increase their military presence on the borders of the Republic of Belarus from more than doubling in the last six months in quantity and quality,” said Chief of the General Staff Viktor Gulevich.

Belarus is also deploying air defense, artillery and missile units for exercises in the west, Gulevich said.

Lukashenko said that Moscow has agreed to help Minsk produce missiles similar to the Iskander that Russia has used in Ukraine and he wants Belarus to continue using Russian-made S-400 and S-300 surface-to-air missile systems. export.

“We are realists, we understand that we will not be able to defeat NATO. But we can inflict damage, especially on territories where we will be attacked. public”, Mr Lukashenko said.

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