‘Preparing to defend our land’: Belarus to buy $1bn price of Russian arms, seeks to purchase S-400, Lukashenko says

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Belarus is about to accumulate over $1 billion price of arms and navy {hardware} from Moscow, its President Alexander Lukashenko has introduced, including that the acquisition of S-400 air protection methods was mentioned in Moscow, final week.

“We are holding talks and are planning S-400 deliveries,” Lukashenko advised journalists, on Sunday, as he attended the Zapad-2021 drills held collectively, on a quadrennial foundation, by Russia and Belarus. The Belarusian president additionally mentioned that safety was a serious concern on the agenda of his talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin within the Russian capital. 

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During the eight-hour-long assembly, the leaders devoted some three hours to discussing “defense and security,” Lukashenko mentioned, including that he as soon as once more requested the Russian president to provide the superior air protection methods to Belarus. Putin then ordered the Russian Defense Ministry to “negotiate these issues” with the Belarusian aspect, he added.

The S-400 is a long-range system with a most velocity of 4.8km/s (three miles per second) and a spread of 600km (375 miles). As nicely as being in operation with the Russian Army, it has been bought to China and Turkey. India and Saudi Arabia have additionally positioned orders with Moscow.

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Although Minsk is but to strike a proper deal on the S-400s, Belarus and Russia have already agreed on an arms deal price $1 billion and together with numerous different navy {hardware} starting from dozens of warplanes and helicopters to mid-range Tor-M2 air protection methods, in accordance with Lukashenko.

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Belarus is anticipated to take supply by 2025. The arsenal improve is required in gentle of the continued tensions between Moscow, Minsk and NATO, Lukashenko believes.

The Belarusian president nonetheless maintained that every one such actions are purely defensive and are geared toward guaranteeing the safety of his nation, and its allies.

We don’t intention our missiles at neighboring nations; our plane should not choosing targets to strike their territory… We are getting ready to defend our land. The Union of Russia and Belarus doesn’t want any further territories.

His phrases got here as the 2 nations are holding huge wargames throughout 14 separate coaching grounds from the Baltic Sea to Central Russian cities like Voronezh and Nizhny Novgorod. A complete of 200,000 troopers, over 80 plane, and as much as 760 heavy navy gear items, together with 290 tanks in addition to 15 warships from each nations, participate within the biannual train, in accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry.

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