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Belarus deploys half of army on western borders

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 4, 2020
Belarus has deployed half of its army on its borders with Lithuania and Poland, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday.
President Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus   President Alexander Lukashenko
Speaking at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk, Lukashenko called an "unfriendly step" the shifting of US F-16 fighter jets to the Belarusian borders.

Topics: Belarus

He said 16 to 18 US jets had been positioned so they could reach the country's border in 15-20 minutes. "We all saw this, so we had to respond. We deployed almost half of our Belarusian army, actually took control of the Western borders with Lithuania and Poland."

He added that with the move, Belarus had surrounded its western city of Grodno with its forces to "counter these threats."

In turn, Mishustin reassured Lukashenko that Russia fully supports sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Belarus.

"For us, Belarus is our kin country, and it is not only about historical, linguistic, and spiritual ties, but also about hundreds of thousands and millions of our citizens, who are actually one people," he said.