Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday confirmed the presence of Russian troops on the border with Belarus ahead of the next joint maneuvers with Belarus, which are scheduled for mid-February.
“Troops were deployed to a distance of 10,000 kilometers, including aviation units, and military air defense units were deployed,” Shoigu explains as part of a response operation of the State of the Union Armed Forces, the international agreement between Moscow and Minsk.
Shoigu has highlighted Moscow’s intention to provide transparency at all times about maneuvers, which it claims to have informed the rest of international actors, at a time of maximum tension in the region due to fears by the United States and its partners of a possible Russian invasion Of Ukraine.
“The security and defense of state and military facilities” and “the state border and airspace are within the framework of the unified regional air defense system of Belarus and Russia,” Shoigu said in statements to the Russian agency interface.
These maneuvers are expected to last 10 days, from February 10-20, with the participation of less than 13,000 troops and another 3,500 paratroopers, and 800 combat vehicles, including armored vehicles and tanks, along the southern border, including the one bordering Ukraine .