Russia will send a huge batch of military equipment to Belarus

Belta news agency quoted Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as saying that in the near future, Russia will supply Belarus with "dozens of aircraft, dozens of helicopters, the most important air defense weapons. Maybe even S- 400 (surface-to-air missile)".

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to President Lukashenko, "We need this weapon very much as I said earlier. In other words, we will equip ourselves with the most modern equipment. If we see in the exercise (Zapad- 2021) that we need something else, then we will buy it from the Russian Federation and entrust it."

Belarus and Russia will hold major joint exercises later this month. Exercise Zapad-2021 will last from September 10 to 16.

President Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin will also hold talks in Russia ahead of the September 9 drills.

During a meeting with the public and journalists on August 9, Lukashenko expressed interest in the S-400 system, saying that Minsk had contacted President Putin about a shipment "at a special price, in the form of credit".

The handover can be interpreted as another sign of Moscow's unwavering support for Minsk. Russia sees Belarus as a security buffer on its western flank against NATO and the European Union (EU).

The EU has been at odds with Belarus since the August 2020 presidential election, which Lukashenko won.

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