The authorities of Belarus announced on Tuesday the arrival of an unspecified number of Russian troops for “combat readiness” exercises, justifying this move by growing tensions with Western countries and Ukraine.
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“The next preparation and combat exercises are being carried out due to the worsening of the political-military situation in the world and the continuous increase in tensions in Europe, especially on the western and southern borders of Belarus”, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
These exercises are carried out in two stages. The first, between now and February 9, includes the deployment of Russian and Belarusian troops to “threatened areas”, the protection of state and military infrastructure, and the preservation of airspace.
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And, from February 10 to 20, they will be held at several military bases in Belarus the maneuvers themselves, called “Determination of the union 2022″, in reference to the Russian-Belarusian alliance.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced these maneuvers on Monday, without specifying the dates.
The president justified the deployment due to the reinforcement of the NATO device in Poland in the Baltic countries, on the borders of his country, as well as due to the situation in Ukraine.
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