On June 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to urgently strengthen the defense capabilities of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
“Circumstances dictate the need to take urgent joint measures to strengthen the defense capability of the Union State, increase the combat readiness of the regional grouping of troops and the unified regional air defense system,” he said at a meeting with Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin.
Shoigu expressed readiness to provide any support to his Belarusian colleagues. He noted that cooperation between the two countries is developing under pressure from the West.
“The Republic of Belarus is our most important strategic partner, closest friend and ally. Today, bilateral military cooperation is developing under the conditions of unprecedented pressure from the West, an undeclared war against our countries,” the head of the military department said.
Shoigu also invited Khrenin to the Moscow Conference on International Security and the Army Forum, which will be held in 2022.
Earlier on the same day, the Belarusian delegation of the OSCE announced numerous provocations by Kyiv against Minsk. The mission said that over the past month, Ukrainian drones violated Belarusian airspace 17 times.
On June 17, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced the neutrality of his country in Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, he noted that Western countries want the participation of Belarusians in the conflict.