Belarusian leader accuses NATO of Ukrainian building base during annual training in Ukraine


Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said in collaboration with Kremlin that he set up a base on Monday during annual military exercises in Ukraine involving thousands of troops from NATO members. Blame.

Ukraine, along with military personnel from more than 12 countries, launched Rapid Trident 21, a Ukrainian-led US aid training exercise, on September 20 each year to improve combat readiness and defense capabilities.

“See, they are dragging the NATO troops there to Ukraine. They are actually making bases under the guise of training centers. The United States is making bases in Ukraine. It’s obvious. “

“The Russian president and I have been discussing and discussing this issue and have agreed that some action should be taken there,” Lukashenko said. “Otherwise, tomorrow will be an unacceptable situation at the Belarus-Russian border.”

Accusations were filed after Russia and Belarus conducted a large-scale joint strategic military exercise earlier this month. This exercise, called Zapad-2021, surprised President Volodymyr Zelensky of the West and Ukraine in particular.

Mr. Kremlin is not a NATO member, but Ukraine, which is urging to join the North Atlantic Treaty, will disguise its training center as a Western military alliance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and athletes attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics attend a conference in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin is watching at a meeting with athletes who are participants in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in Moscow, Russia on September 11, 2021. (Sputnik / EvgenyBiyatov / Kremlin via Reuters)

“President Putin has repeatedly referred to the issue of potential expansion of NATO infrastructure in Ukrainian territory. [he] This would cross those red lines he spoke earlier, “said the Kremlin.

Ukraine rejected Russia’s “red line” statement and concept, decided on its own security policy, and said Russia should only be concerned about issues within Russia’s borders.

“Putin’s” red line “is confined to the Russian border,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. I have written On Twitter. “On our side of the Ukrainian-Russian border, we can understand for ourselves what to do for the benefit of the Ukrainian people and for the security of Ukraine and Europe.”

Belarus received several sanctions from the West, including the United States, after Lukashenko cracked down on large-scale protests after the August 2020 elections.

Reuters contributed to this report.

from NTD News

Lorenz Duchan