Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia and Belarus were being forced to “accelerate the unification process” in response to political pressure and sanctions from the “collective west.”
President of Russia I swore Strengthen the technical, industrial, agricultural and cultural relations between the neighbors of the two allies that have cooperated to launch an attack on Ukraine.Both Russia and Belarus have Faced with sanctions From the west, as Belarus promoted and supported the invasion.
“After all, it will be easier to minimize the damage caused by the illegal sanctions imposed, start manufacturing popular products, develop new capabilities and expand cooperation with friendly countries. “Putin said at forums in the Russian and Belarus regions.
Comments come a few days after NATO Officially invited Finland and Sweden will join the military alliance on Wednesday. Putin responded to the historic expansion and threatened to respond in kind if military infrastructure or NATO troops were deployed in two Scandinavian countries.
On Saturday, Russian bombers launched their first cruise missiles from Belarus, attacking the states of Chernihiv, Smy and Kib, according to Ukrainian intelligence.
Later that day, Putin promised to give Belarus a missile system capable of launching nuclear missiles.
“In the coming months, we will transfer the Iskander-M tactical missile system, known to use both conventional and nuclear ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, to Belarus,” Putin said. Said Belarusian President Alexander Lukaschenko at a conference in St. Petersburg.
The Belarusians resolved in February, a few days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to allow the country to permanently accept nuclear weapons and Russian troops.