Belarus offers Russia to host 15 additional aircraft - Lukashenko

Belarus is going to offer Russia to reinforce their joint group of troops, in particular, with aviation, under bilateral agreements, because of the NATO intensified activities close to the Belarusian border, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

Belarus is going to offer Russia to reinforce their joint group of troops, in particular, with aviation, under bilateral agreements, because of the NATO intensified activities close to the Belarusian border, President Alexander Lukashenko said.

"If they redeploy about fifteen 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). Say, to move no more than 12-15 planes to Belarus now and to determine their patrolling and back-up itineraries. Let them work and patrol," Lukashenko told the Belarusian Security Council in Minsk on Wednesday.

"We shall react to everything in an adequate fashion," the head of state said.

"We have been seeing an escalation of the conflict lately. Already this is happening not in Syria, not in Libya, not in Iraq - it is already near our borders. This already affects our interests, we have no right to sit like mice under a broom," he said.

At the same time, "we are not going to make any noise or fuss about it," the president said.

Lukashenko drew attention to the U.S. and NATO intensified activities in the region. "Our reaction to this had been calm until the large-scale drills began, closer to the south, in Poland, as far as I understand, and Poland requested reinforcements and for the scale of these drills to expand," he said.

The head of state recalled about the additional redeployment of aircraft to the Baltic states. "The escalation of the situation near our borders is obvious," he said.

"We must react to this absolutely adequately. It is no secret that our country and Russia have the joint group of troops in this direction, whose basis is formed by the Belarusian Army," Lukashenko said.

There are agreements in the framework of the Belarusian-Russian Union State, he said. "This group has an action plan, including a plan of actions in such cases," the president said.

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