Belarus announces joint exercises with Russia in February

The Belarusian strongman has announced that his country and its close ally Russia will hold joint military exercises near the eastern borders of NATO and Ukraine in February, according to media reports. reported Monday.

President Alexander Lukashenko and his top brass leaked details of the so-called “Allied resolvecomes amid heightened tensions over Russian troop buildups near the border with Ukraine.

The West has been warning for months of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow denies. Last week, the United States claimed that Russia was preparing a “false flag” pretext to present Kiev as the aggressor.

“Plans have been drawn up to launch the [Allied Resolve] exercise in February,” the former Soviet republic’s Belta news agency said, citing Lukashenko.

“Please set a specific date and announce it so that no one can accuse us of having suddenly massed troops and being almost ready to go to war,” Lukashenko added.

Lukashenko said he and Putin agreed in December to conduct “powerful” military exercises across the “Belarusian balcony” of its western and southern borders.

“These drills should perfect the plans for confronting the western powers – the Baltic and Poland, and the south – Ukraine,” he said. noted in a video shared by the Pul Pervogo Telegram channel, which regularly broadcasts videos of Lukashenko’s briefings with senior officials.

Citing the recent migration crisis that European leaders accuse Lukashenko of orchestrating, Belarusian military leaders said “Allied Resolve” will take place in response to troop build-ups in Poland and the Baltic states.

“[Our] the reaction will be completely adequate and transparentsaid BelTA quoting Pavel Muravyeko, Deputy Chief of the General Staff.

According to Muravyeko, Poland deployed 20,000 troops, while the Baltic republics – which became NATO members after the fall of the Soviet Union – deployed more than 12,000.

Viktor Gulevich, Chief of the General Staff, said more than 23,000 troops deployed in countries on Belarus’ western and southern borders – in addition to 10,000 NATO troops and 300 tanks – posed a risk for the safety of Russia’s ally.

Our country must respond to these challenges“, Belta said, quoting Gulevich.

Belarus and Russia held massive strategic military exercises involving up to 200,000 soldiers, titled Zapad-2021, last September.

In 2023, the close allies must organize military exercises called “Union Shield”.

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