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16 November 2022, 13:02

Sergeyenko: NATO's military build-up in Europe began in 2017

BOBRUISK, 16 November (BelTA) – NATO's systemic military build-up in Europe began in 2017, Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko said as he met with labor collectives of Bobruisk to brief them on ongoing military and political developments in Belarus and abroad, BelTA has learned.

"Over the past five years, the number of NATO's military in Eastern Europe has grown three times from 12,000 to 35,000 and in terms of entire Europe - up to 60,000. The number of aircraft has increased fivefold. It all started in 2017 and even earlier. This indicates a systemic build-up of military force," Igor Sergeyenko said.

The head of the President Administration noted that the special military operation in Ukraine spurred these processes. The situation is difficult in the Baltics too. Specifics is different in terms of military deployment but military activity there is as tense.

"Living an ordinary life, working in factories, people should understand the developments happening around. The information and psychological warfare is a reality of today," Igor Sergeyenko said.

There are several centers for information and psychological special operations in Ukraine. They make videos similar to those showing the alleged atrocities of Russian troops in Bucha.“These attempts do not stop. Similarly, in spring 2022 they tried to provoke Belarus' response by using fake news about Russia shelling not only Ukraine, but also the border areas in Brest Oblast. We promptly sorted things out. This information proved false. However, high-ranking officials were involved on the other side to convey this information,” said Igor Sergeyenko.

According to recent news reports, a Russian missile landed on the Polish territory close to Ukraine and destroyed a grain storage and killed two local residents. “Biden said that preliminary information suggests that it was unlikely to have been fired from Russia due to its trajectory, adding that they would look into the matter. Poland immediately blamed Russia. Today the Polish president is convening an emergency meeting of the National Security Council. Who benefits from this? It is not clear what is behind this. Maybe it is ordinary negligence. It is obvious that this situation is beneficial for Ukraine. It is also obvious that Russia does not need it absolutely. Such situations have become regular recently. Everything is ambiguous and complicated,” Igor Sergeyenko concluded.

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