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Russia and Belarus focus on joint protection plans

Moscow and Minsk should ‘fortify’ their Union State borders, protection minister Shoigu says

Moscow and Minsk must take “urgent measures” to bolster their navy capabilities within the face of an “undeclared war” by the West, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu mentioned on Thursday, after assembly along with his counterpart from Belarus, Viktor Khrenin.

“Belarus is our most important strategic partner, closest friend and ally,” Shoigu mentioned after the assembly in Moscow, including that the bilateral cooperation between two members of the Union State is presently creating amid “an undeclared war against our countries” by the West.

“Circumstances dictate the necessity of urgent measures to fortify the defense capabilities of the Union State,” Shoigu mentioned, together with the reinforcement of an built-in air protection system. Russia is “ready to provide any support” Belarus would possibly want, he added.

Shoigu additionally counseled the dedication of Belarus to “resist the confrontational course of the United States and its allies” and invited Khrenin and a delegation from Minsk to the upcoming Moscow Security Conference and the International Army Games. Russia will share its “best practices” and different attention-grabbing discoveries with its allies there, the protection minister mentioned.

Belarus will not be formally concerned within the present battle in Ukraine, however the US and its allies have imposed associated embargoes on Minsk nonetheless.

Russia and Belarus signed the Union State treaty in 1999, envisioning the institution of a joint cupboard, parliament, courts and different establishments. While the combination has not progressed very far, Moscow and Minsk introduced additional plans to strengthen the union final yr. 

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