Ambassador Gryzlov: Russia will not leave unnoticed the build-up of NATO forces near the Belarusian borders alt=”Gryzlov warned about the reaction to the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus” />
Russia will not leave unnoticed the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus, said the new Russian ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov in an interview with TASS.
“During the aforementioned migration crisis, Poland deployed additional forces, including heavy weapons, to the Belarusian border. Of course, this does not go unnoticed, — he said.
According to Gryzlov, NATO does not cease to increase the number of forces and means “at the gates”; Russia”, which is attentive to the issue of border protection. As an example of activities in this direction, he cited the regular joint patrolling of the borders of the Union State by Russian and Belarusian aircraft.
The day before, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that about 30,000 military men, along with equipment and weapons, had accumulated on the border of the country with Poland and the Baltic states. In these countries, “on a rotational basis” there are from 8,000 to 10,000 US military personnel, the head of Belarus believes.
In addition, Lukashenka added that Poland has turned to NATO for military assistance. She asked for a “multi-layered logistics and technical support system” to be deployed in the region, the president said. This shows that the West is preparing something “long and serious,” he concluded.
NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, the non-expansion of the alliance to the east. After that, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the alliance incapable of negotiating. In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the organization is ready to discuss arms reduction, despite the refusal not to accept new members.
Gryzlov became Russia's ambassador to Belarus on January 14, a corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, RBC sources in diplomatic circles said that Gryzlov would replace Yevgeny Lukyanov in this post.
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