Belarus and Russia to agree on sending Belarusian military to Syria

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has instructed the Ministry of Defense and the Russian Foreign Ministry to negotiate and sign an agreement with Belarus, providing for cooperation in sending humanitarian aid to Syria.

It is planned to involve up to 200 Belarusian military personnel for this purpose. The order was published on the Russian official website of legal information.

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Under the document, the Belarusian military will be involved in Syria to perform the tasks “exclusively for humanitarian purposes outside the war zone,” while the composition, size, structure, and tasks of the Belarusian military contingent are defined by Belarus and agreed with Russia.

During their stay in Syria, the Belarusian military will be stationed at the locations of the Russian air group and subordinate to the center of the Russian Armed Forces, but remain under the command of the authorized Belarusian body.

Currently, the Belarusian Constitution does not allow sending a military contingent to other countries. Lukashenka also previously stated that he would not send Belarusian soldiers to Syria.