NATO presence near Belarus borders is ‘military danger’ – Defense Minister

An increase in NATO activity close to the EU-Belarus border is considered as military danger, Belarusian Defense Minister Andrey Raukou told state-run TV channel Belarus-1 on Sunday evening.

“We must understand that nowadays there are two NATO member states to the north-west of the Republic of Belarus and one – to the west [Latvia, Lithuania, Poland]. And certainly, the deployment of bases and warehouses near the borders with Belarus, which is now in progress, is dangerous to some extent. But perhaps, we cannot say that there is a war threat,” quotes Raukou as saying.

“At the moment, we consider this as military danger. And, of course, we are taking certain measures to adequately respond to it, which includes the increase in the intensity of operational and combat training in the adjacent territory,” the Minister added.

According to Raukou, the country is not only on the way to the readiness to mount defense by own forces and resources, but it is also actively participating in bilateral and multilateral unions – the Union State, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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