Russia confirms transfer to Belarus of military equipment for joint exercises in February


The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed this Saturday the transfer of a first consignment of military material to Belarus with a view to the development of a joint exercise in the middle of next month, in an announcement made in the midst of international tensions over the accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.

According to the DPA agency, these are Pantsir-S short-range anti-aircraft missile systems, which join several Sukhoi Su-35 fighter planes that are already in the country, and to which the defense system will be added. S-400 aircraft that is already on its way to Belarus.

The exercises will take place between February 10 and 20 in the south of Belarus, which precisely borders Ukraine, under the name “Allied Resolution 2022” to study “how to repel external aggression, collaborate in the fight against terrorism and the protection of national interests,” according to a statement published on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“During the exercise,” the statement continues, “measures will be taken to strengthen border protection to prevent the penetration of armed groups of militants, block delivery channels for weapons and ammunition, as well as search, block and destroy armed formations.” illegal, and groups of sabotage and reconnaissance of the enemy”.

This same Friday, the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, recognized that, of all the evolutions of the situation, the one that worried him the most was the development of these exercises in the neighboring country.

“For now there are no phenomena or actions of a military nature (by Russia) significantly different from what happened last spring, before Easter,” and “the only difference in the military plan that we are closely following is the situation in Belarus,” Reznikov said.

The US State Department had also expressed concern that Russia would take advantage of these exercises to place troops on a possible new flank of invasion. Moscow, for its part, has denied any offensive intent with these exercises in particular, or towards Ukraine in general.


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