MOSCOW, 19 August (BelTA) – Russian military hardware is located in the territory of the Russian Federation, BelTA learned from Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on 19 August.
Asked to comment on mass media reports about columns of Russian army vehicles heading to the Belarusian border, Dmitry Peskov said: “Russian military hardware is located in the entire territory of the Russian Federation, this is why there is nothing to comment in this case.”
“As for the Collective Security Treaty, the Treaty on Establishment of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, they indeed specify mutual aid commitments,” he remarked. “But as you know, there is no need for it now and the Belarusian leadership has admitted there is no such need.”
Dmitry Peskov stated that they see attempts to interfere in the situation in Belarus. “Ruling out external interference in what is going on in Belarus right now is the most important thing. Unfortunately, we have to state that attempts to directly interfere have happened. We believe such interference to be inadmissible,” the press secretary stated.
Dmitry Peskov urged to do everything possible to keep the situation in Belarus within legal boundaries. “Belarus is part of the union state, a brotherly country for us, Belarusians are a brotherly nation for us. We treat developments in Belarus as a purely domestic affair of that country. We believe that everyone should do everything possible to enable conditions for the situation to stay within legal boundaries, in which the necessary dialogue could proceed,” Dmitry Peskov added.