MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian army has plans for responding to any eventuality at the border. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin made the statement after a government conference hosted by the head of state on 16 November to discuss the situation at the state border, BelTA has learned.
The official said: “We have prepared contingencies for all the possible conflicts or provocations that may originate from our neighbors.”
According to the defense minister, Poland has deployed 23,000 military personnel at the border. As many as 13 camps have been set up for them at the border. Bearing it in mind, the Belarusian army has deployed more reconnaissance units and stepped up border protection in the air space, too.
Viktor Khrenin said: “We clearly see what is going on, what events are taking place in Poland and the Baltic states. We view them as certain challenges and threats. Even within the framework of the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures: if more than 6,000 military personnel are concentrated near the state border, we have to exchange data and arrange the relevant consultations.”
However, the Polish Defense Ministry does not respond to Belarusian requests, Viktor Khrenin noted. “We have yet to receive a response to the question what events are happening,” he said.