Belarus would like to have its own battalions of Iskander tactical missile systems, but several Russian battalions of these weapons will arrive in the republic, if need be, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said on Tuesday.
“We have a regional group of forces that includes this missile system. If need be, they will arrive in our territory to fulfill tasks,” the defense chief said….
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on November 13 that he would like to receive several battalions of Iskander tactical missile systems to deploy them in the republic’s western and southern areas and he turned to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with this request.
Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz said: “The Polish side is directly provoking border incidents. They use special gear in Belarus’ territory. Defenseless people are being choked with gas and deafened with stun grenades….What’s next? A humanitarian artillery bombardment of miserable women and children at the border?”
The official remarked it goes without saying that such actions directly violate a number of international and bilateral norms and agreements. “Theoretically it is difficult to imagine how one can justify the use of special gear and ammunition in the territory of another sovereign country. This is why the relevant official reaction will surely follow from our side,” the press secretary said. “We are initiating the investigation of the incident with assistance of international organizations since all the facts are obvious. But we will not be driven by these provocations.”
The Belarusian army has plans for responding to any eventuality at the border. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin made the statement….
The official said: “We have prepared contingencies for all the possible conflicts or provocations that may originate from our neighbors.”
According to the defense minister, Poland has deployed 23,000 military personnel at the border. As many as 13 camps have been set up for them at the border. Bearing it in mind, the Belarusian army has deployed more reconnaissance units and stepped up border protection in the air space, too.
Viktor Khrenin said: “We clearly see what is going on, what events are taking place in Poland and the Baltic states. We view them as certain challenges and threats. Even within the framework of the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures: if more than 6,000 military personnel are concentrated near the state border, we have to exchange data and arrange the relevant consultations.”
The Belarusian side is initiating an investigation into today’s incident at the Belarusian-Polish border, BelTA learned from Anton Bychkovsky, spokesman of the State Border Committee of Belarus.
In order to drive away the migrants, the Polish side employed tear gas. The gas infuriated the refugees, who started chucking stones, sticks, and anything else they could get their hands on at the Polish law enforcement personnel. In response the Polish troops employed water cannons and flash bangs against the unarmed refugees. Icy water and tear gas hit everyone, who was close to the border, including women and children. Wearing wet clothes in November in nearly freezing weather is a real threat to the lives of the already freezing and tired people.