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17 October 2022, 16:18

Belarusian-Russian regional force grouping starts carrying out defense missions

Viktor Khrenin
Viktor Khrenin

MINSK, 17 October (BelTA) – People in uniform will not allow an armed conflict to happen in Belarus' territory. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin made the statement as he met with workers of the Minsk-based tractor factory MTZ, BelTA has learned. Matters concerning the evolving military political situation in the country and abroad were discussed during the meeting.

Viktor Khrenin said: “The regional force grouping of Belarus and Russia has started deployment and carrying out missions concerning the armed defense of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. The regional force grouping is a complicated system with many components. It includes command and control bodies of various levels, army units and forces as well as various Belarusian and Russian support units. We have practiced various options for deploying and using the regional force grouping during exercises since this defense component of the Union State was created. We have practiced deploying all the systems in the face of an obvious threat and the gradual deployment in accordance with the situation. Taking into account the evolving situation, we are gradually implementing individual measures meant to prepare the regional force grouping for responding to emerging challenges and threats. We are convinced it will ensure security along the entire perimeter of the Union State borders in the Eastern European collective security region.”

The defense minister emphasized that all the steps being taken are only a reaction to actions of the opponents. “We are not going to attack anyone. I'd like to emphasize once again that this force grouping is supposed to carry out purely defensive tasks. All the measures being taken are geared towards an adequate response to what is going on along our borders,” he said. “On the whole, we believe that the measures we've realized and the strategic deterrence measures that the Armed Forces have planned ensure a demonstration of the readiness to defend our country and cause unacceptable damage to the aggressor. At the same time the fact that it is more advisable to start negotiations and come to terms instead of rattling sabers remains at the heart of our military policy.”

“I'd like to assure all those present: we, the people in uniform, clearly know what we have to do, we stay on top of the situation, and are implementing a set of primarily preventive measures in order to fulfill the task formulated by the head of state. Primarily to prevent the start of an armed conflict in Belarus' territory. Trust me we are doing it professionally and will be able to fulfill our tasks,” Viktor Khrenin stated.

Trains bring Russian military personnel to BelarusTrains bring Russian military personnel to Belarus
It has been reported that the decision to create the regional force grouping had been made and is being implemented with one goal in mind: to enhance the protection and defense of the state border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
Russian aviation component of Belarus-Russia regional force grouping starts arriving in BelarusRussian aviation component of Belarus-Russia regional force grouping starts arriving in Belarus
The Defense Ministry was previously quoted as saying that that the decision to create the regional force grouping had been made and is being implemented with one goal in mind: to enhance the protection and defense of the state border of the Union State of Belarus and Russia in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
Foreign diplomats briefed on Belarus-Russia regional force grouping deploymentForeign diplomats briefed on Belarus-Russia regional force grouping deployment
The Defense Minister's aide underlined that the decision to deploy the regional force grouping had been made and is being implemented solely for the sake of enhancing the defense of the borders of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.
Belarusian army units at peacetime strength at heart of regional force groupingBelarusian army units at peacetime strength at heart of regional force grouping
Aleksandr Volfovich said: “A lot of online reports say that Russian army units are being relocated to Belarus in order to create a force that will attack Ukraine. It is something our foreign neighbors would like to see, regretfully. Particularly Poles. Yes, the regional force grouping has started concentrating in Belarus' territory."
Belarus continues strengthening its border securityBelarus continues strengthening its border security
The main goal of the reinforcements is to ensure the security of citizens of the Republic of Belarus, to prevent border violations and the supply of weapons and ammunition. Bridges, crossings, and railways were placed under protection.

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