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15 March 2022, 14:14

MPs ratify protocols on continued use of two Russian military installations in Belarus

MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – The House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus has passed a bill on ratifying international agreements, BelTA has learned.

The bill provides for ratifying the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental protocol on extending the agreement on the operation and maintenance of the radio station Vileika in Belarus' territory and the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental protocol on extending the agreement on completing the construction, on using, and operating the missile attack early warning node Baranovichi in Belarus' territory.

Presenting the bill, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said: “The bill has been prepared by the Defense Ministry. It has been drafted to express Belarus' approval to abide by the relevant international agreements, which were signed in Moscow on 20 October 2021.”

These international agreements provide the legal grounds for placing Russian military installations in Belarus. The agreements provide they will stay in force for 25 years since they are passed. Their period of validity can be extended by the sides.

Viktor Khrenin went on saying the sides had agreed to extend the period of validity of the agreements by 25 years by means of signing the protocols. The protocols have been used on a provisional basis since the day they were signed and will come into force once the sides complete the necessary intrastate procedures. The terms of the agreements meet national interests of the Republic of Belarus, the defense minister said.

Viktor Khrenin stated the extension of the agreements will confirm Belarus' commitments within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and will serve as a reason for implementing long-term plans on advancing Belarus-Russia military cooperation and military technology cooperation.

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