During the migrant crisis, when thousands of would-be asylum seekers from troubled nations, mainly in the Middle East, attempted to cross over from Belarus into EU states, additional forces, including heavy weapons were moved to the Belarusian border from Poland.
Russia’s ambassador to Minsk, Boris Gryzlov, remarked we see that the build-up of NATO forces and resources, in fact, does not stop at our gates.
Amid heightened tensions with NATO, Moscow has vowed that it will not turn a blind eye to the US-led military bloc’s purported build-up near Belarus, as Russian officials seek responses to their proposed security guarantees.
Gryzlov cautioned that such hostile actions from NATO and its partners of course, does not go unnoticed. And Russia will never consider discussing the withdrawal of missiles from its Kaliningrad region, a western Baltic exclave that also borders Poland.
He added that the two states take a careful approach to border protection, and that joint Russian-Belarusian air patrols are regularly organized, using long-range Tu-22M3 bombers, Su-30SM multi-role fighters, and others.
Gryzlov’s remarks come amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia.
Last week, the organization’s representatives and Russian diplomats met to discuss proposed guarantees designed to safeguard security on the European continent, following talks between officials from Washington and Moscow.
Last month, Russia handed over two draft treaties one to Washington and the other to the military bloc which included a request for assurances from NATO concerning the movement of military personnel and hardware, as well as calls for the organization to refrain from further military troop enlargement close to Russia’s borders.
In late November, Belarus’ embattled President Alexander Lukashenko said Russia should deploy atomic warheads on his country’s territory if NATO’s nuclear weapons are advanced eastwards through Europe.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.