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Russia transfers nine warplanes to Belarus to ‘counter massing of forces on the border’

Published time: March 13, 2014 14:47
Edited time: March 13, 2014 18:20
Sukhoi Su-27 (RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo)

Sukhoi Su-27 (RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo)

Six Russian Sukhoi-27 fighter jets and three transport planes have been deployed at Bobruisk airfield in Belarus. Earlier this week Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Russian forces to fend off potential NATO threat.

“In case of continuing build-up of military forces in countries bordering Belarus, the country will take adequate response measures,” says a statement from the country’s Defense Ministry in Minsk.

NATO is sending 12 F-16 craft in Poland, in the wake of the Crimea crisis, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has asked for an even greater US presence. Baltic states have also requested military assistance from NATO.

Just like their NATO counterparts, the Russian aircraft in Belarus will participate in a joint training exercise.

“The joint air defense system [between Russia and Belarus] is intended to guarantee collective security in Eastern Europe,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry said.

Russian army's chief of staff Valery Gerasimov informed chairman of NATO's Military Committee, Knud Bartels, of the developments in a phone conversation on Thursday evening.

According to previous military agreements, Russian and Belarusian troops can move freely throughout both countries, though it is unusual for them to be stationed abroad for any prolonged period of time.

Aleksandr Lukashenko has expressed repeated concern about NATO’s eastward expansion since his ascension to the presidency of the 9-million-strong state in 1994, and has been one of Russia's staunchest allies.

All the same, following the emergency of a possibility of Crimea joining Russia following a referendum on March 16, the Belarus leader has spoken out in favor of “maintaining Ukraine’s territorial integrity”.

Comments (162)


Michael Almoznino 27.03.2014 03:19

NATO lost its mind Ukraine is not even a member in NATO and look what they creating winds of war starting to pick up, lets face it Crimea is a Russian territory de facto, yes they did it in an ugly way but that's how things are done in that part of the world for years


Michael Guy 16.03.2014 20:48

And what would our beloved US Airforce do if suddenly squadrrons of Chinese or Russian fighters were scrambling in 'training missions in Central America and Russian and/or Chinese naval vessels were conducting missions in the Gulf of Mexico and all the while Russian and Chinese agents were urging people abrogate and nullify our treaties to have foreign naval and air force bases like those in Japan, Europe, Korea, Guatanimo etc and started agitaing the citizens of Peurto rico, Guam and all the other protectorates won in the War of 1898 to sececeed


Michael Guy 16.03.2014 20:39

The indebted NATO countries seem intent upon forcing nations to adopt Zionist controlled national banks, like the Fed, or to insure that leaders force their citizens to co-sign loans from the IMF or World Bank. Nations, are being forced to accept the suzereignity of the alliance of1) the Suni oil princes of the Persian Gulf, the same ones who have controlled Al Qaeda since Mogadishu and the USS Cole and 2) the 'too big to fail" International banks and financiers with their dual Citizen plutocrats and AIPAC sycphants an 3) the indebted Fabian Sybaritic sococialist and Socialist International globalist

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