After Putin-Lukashenko talks in Sochi, Russia disbands controversial standby National Guard unit stationed near Belarus border

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Moscow has disbanded a regulation enforcement reserve unit stationed on its border with Belarus following talks between the presidents of the 2 nations. The power was shaped final month at Minsk’s request and raised eyebrows overseas.

Russian chief Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko, met in Sochi on Monday. The determination to dismantle the formation was considered one of a wide range of subsequent bulletins, however flew considerably beneath the radar. 

An important outcome of the talks between both presidents in Sochi is the agreement on Russia dismantling the backup law enforcement and National Guard unit that was established near the Russian-Belarusian border and on transferring people to their permanent dislocation sites,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters. 

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Last month, Putin stated in an interview with Russian TV that Moscow has sure obligations earlier than Belarus throughout the CSTO (a mutual defence alliance much like NATO) and the Union State between two nations.

He stated that on Lukashenko’s request, Russia had shaped a backup regulation enforcement unit, including that the unit wouldn’t be used “unless extremist elements hiding behind political slogans cross certain lines,” particularly, except they start to “torch houses, banks, to try seizing administrative buildings.” The Russian chief expressed hope that there could be no want in utilizing this unit.

Anti-government protests have been ongoing in Belarus because the disputed August 9 elections. According to official figures, Belarus’ long-term chief Lukashenko secured over 80 % of votes. The opposition has rejected the outcomes, accusing the authorities of grossly falsifying the end result.

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