Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Belarus has asked Russia to deploy up to 15 more warplanes in Belarus in response to NATO’s intensified activities close to the Belarusian border, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.
Belarus is requesting Russia to reinforce their joint group of troops, in particular with aviation, under bilateral agreements, Lukashenko told the Belarusian Security Council in Minsk on Wednesday.
The move intends to adequately respond to NATO’s decision to build up military presence near the Belarusian borders, stressed the president.
“If NATO redeploys about 15 airplanes from Italy to the Baltic states, I think we should contact the chief of the Russian General Staff and offer them the reinforcements they are obligated to provide us with as part of the Russian-Belarusian alliance,” Lukashenko said.