Belarus spends a billion dollars to buy Russian missiles and aircraft

Belarus President Lukashenko announced that the country plans to buy a billion dollars worth of weapons from Russia, including S-400 air defense missiles.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko yesterday thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, saying that Moscow has agreed to provide a large amount of weapons to Minsk before 2025. “I will not publish specific numbers, although this is not a secret. too big. The total value of the deal is more than a billion dollars,” he said.

The launcher vehicle of the S-400 complex at the Almaz-Antey plant of Russia.  Photo: TASS.

The launcher vehicle of the S-400 complex at the Almaz-Antey plant of Russia. Photo: TASS.

President Lukashenko said that Belarus is ordering Russian-made S-400 air defense systems and deploying them near the border with Ukraine. “We need to be ready, the border with Ukraine is about 1,200 km long. The two sides discussed the possibility of using S-400 missiles,” he added.

The deal also includes 10 aircraft, dozens of helicopters and a Tor short-range air defense system.

The President of Belarus met his Russian counterpart in Moscow in midweek. The bilateral talks lasted about eight hours, three of which focused on defense and security issues.

Russia and Belarus are holding a large-scale exercise Zapad-2021 with the participation of 200,000 troops, 80 aircraft and helicopters, 290 tanks, 240 artillery, rocket and mortar complexes and 15 warships. .

Russia and Belarus hold a joint exercise Zapad every two years, aimed at testing the two countries’ ability to coordinate activities to solve problems of military security and territorial integrity, and interoperability between the militaries of the two countries. in repelling foreign aggression. This year’s drills were held at nine locations in Russia and the Baltic Sea, and five in Belarus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on September 9 that the Zapad-2021 drills were “not directed against anyone”, in the context of NATO “increasing its presence near the Russian-Belarusian border” and Moscow’s allies.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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