No talks about deploying Russian troops in Belarus - Lukashenko

Tuesday, 01. June 2021 14:28

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated on Tuesday he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin did not discuss the deployment of Moscow's troops and the creation of their military bases in his country during their last meeting.

"And we don't need this. [...] There is no urgent need. If there is some apprehension, if we see activation in the NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] to the point of a military conflict [...], the Russian units and troops will be deployed to Belarus," Lukashenko said, as quoted by SB Belarus Segodnya.

Russia recently defended Belarus's decision to forcefully land the plane that carried opposition figure Roman Protasevich, describing it as the West's "demonization" of Minsk and warning the event should not be politicized. The European Union went on to criticize Moscow for not reacting to the incident.

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