The amount of Russian weapons on the territory of Belarus is to be increased.
It has been stated by the deputy Chairman of the State Duma on Defence Frants Klintsevich in an interview to RIA Novosti.
In this way the MP from the parliamentary faction “United Russia” has commented on the reports that military bases of the NATO could appear in Eastern Europe. Moreover, Frants Klintsevich speaks about deployment of additional armaments on the territory of Belarus as about a closed issue. He has stressed that Russia cannot prohibit the leadership of the NATO countries to green-light stationing of troops, but Moscow has its own modern armaments though.
“We will deploy these armaments closer to Russia’s borders, though it does not really matter today. We shall place these armaments on the territory of Belarus, so that to have greater opportunities there and so on,” Klintsevich noted.
As said by him, what the NATO is doing is “the beginning of a new cold war.” “And it hadn’t been started by us. Undoubtedly, we are going to do everything to counteract adequately every effort of the NATO near our borders. Yes, it is to strain our country a little, but we possess modern means and capabilities to solve these problems adequately,” the MP concluded.
Today Russian tracking stations are situated on the territory of Belarus, besides, more than 20 Russian fighter planes and several cargo aircrafts had been transferred here. Russia and Belarus have a common Air Defence system, and all planes and missile launchers are of dual purpose (“air-to-ground”).
Moreover, according to reports, soldiers and officers of Russia have been serving in Belarus for a few years. Russian soldiers wear the uniform of Belarusian armed forces, serving in their own military units. They submit to the Russian command.
Ahead of the Ukrainian crisis, during joint military practice with Russia nuclear strikes at Warsaw were practiced and a breakthrough to Kaliningrad through the territory of Lithuania.