MINSK, 1 September (BelTA) – While talking to reporters on 1 September Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned plans to acquire weapons and hardware of Russian make, BelTA has learned.
According to the head of state, dozens of aircraft, helicopters, and air defense systems, possibly S-400 air defense systems, will be acquired.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I signed the order the day before yesterday. We will get tens of aircraft, tens of helicopters, and most importantly air defense systems soon. I don't want to say how much money and what else it cost us. We may even get S-400 [air defense systems]. We need them a lot, I've already talked about it.”
The president added: “In other words, we will get cutting-edge hardware. We will upgrade equipment. If we see during the exercise [Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2021] that we need something extra, then we will buy it from the Russian Federation and it will enter service.”