Foreign Ministry dismisses claims of Russian forces training in Belarus

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has asked their Ukrainian colleagues to avoid speculation about the alleged deployment of Russian military units on the Belarusian territory.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has asked their Ukrainian colleagues to avoid speculation about the alleged deployment of Russian military units on the Belarusian territory.

"We were intrigued by the news report by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry press service, which referred to certain "operative data" and claimed that "Russian military units" were practicing on the territory of Belarus. We believe it has not become so serious and esteemed departments as the Foreign Ministry to use unverified information or, flatly, conjectures," Belarusian Foreign Ministry information department head - press secretary Dmitry Mironchik told reporters on Friday.

"For instance, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry avoids speculations about data from the unnamed "operative sources" although we could have also discoursed upon the location of firearms and ammunition the disappearance of which from depots on the Ukrainian territory have been reported in the media by anonymous sources," he said.

As to the situation, which caused the Ukrainian "concerns", Mironchik said, "the Belarusian side always gives clear and maximum transparent explanations of the causes and logic of its actions, which may concern the interest of our foreign partners and moreover our close neighbors."

"Work on the enlargement of alert forces of the Belarus-Russia unified regional air defense system is being done in reply to NATO's decision to mount an air force group and deploy them near our borders," the ministry press secretary said.

"The Ukrainian side should ask a question about the reasons the alliance's countries are being guided. We think that measures in the provision of security of our airspace and borders must be taken and they are being taken in a responsible and transparent manner. This is our internal affair and a sovereign right," he said.

"Hopefully, Ukrainian our colleagues will abstain from such statements in the future in order not to drive a wedge into the traditionally friendly relations between our countries," the spokesman continued.

Especially as there are means and methods for interaction between the foreign ministries of the two countries, and there is no need to use "operative sources," Mironchik said.

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