1. NATO’s massive military buildup on Belarusian border: Abrams tanks, Patriot missile systems, multiple-launch rocket systems, F-35 combat aircraft carrying cruise missiles
2. Belarusian defense minister: “We see military buildup along our western and southern border”
3. Belarus, Russia to hold joint drills to shield southern Belarusian border
4. “If they once again start a war in Donbass or somewhere else on the border with Russia, Belarus won’t stand aside”: president
5. Belarusian, Chinese defense ministries sign military technical cooperation memorandum
6. Lugansk: Zelensky’s decision to let foreign troops into Ukraine violates Minsk accords
NATO member states are building up the offensive potential of the armed forces near Belarus’ borders. Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin made the statement during a government conference held by the Belarus president in the Defense Ministry’s strategic control center on 29 November to discuss military security….
Viktor Khrenin said: “Results of the evaluation indicate that the measures Western countries are taking to militarize the region lead to a substantial change of the balance of forces. The offensive potential of the armed forces of the NATO member states is being built up near our borders.”
The defense minister pointed out that new military units are being deployed in neighboring countries, modern weapon systems are being acquired. For instance, the 18th Mechanized Division and a territorial defense brigade are being formed in Poland. “Some of them are in the immediate vicinity of our state border,” Viktor Khrenin stressed. “The acquisition of Abrams tanks, Patriot air defense missile systems, multiple-launch rocket systems Himars, and F-35 combat aircraft carrying cruise missiles is particularly concerning.”
Active military buildup in the neighboring countries exposes helplessness and impotence of Western politicians, Belarus’ Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin told reporters after a meeting to discuss military security matters hosted by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko at the strategic control center of the Defense Ministry….
According to the minister, tensions are running high around Belarus. “We see military buildup along our western and southern border. Neighboring countries are actively boosting their defense capabilities, and this cannot but cause concern, therefore we are forced to plan response measures,” the defense minister said.
He believes that the neighboring countries are deliberately over-dramatizing the situation in order to justify their military buildup along the border with Belarus….”All our troops are in their permanent duty stations, and on 1 December we will embark on active combat training,” the minister said.
“We are not carrying out any additional measures to bring the Armed Forces to the highest degree of combat readiness,” he stressed. “But our commander-in-chief has set a clear task: to make plans how we respond to any of their unfriendly actions, and, if necessary, to begin to act on these plans.”
….Belarus will continue the comprehensive training of troops together with the strategic ally Russia with a view to adequately countering emerging new threats and aggression against the Union State. A set of measures has been drawn up for the medium term to cover the southern direction. Belarus and Russia will continue improving the unified regional air defense system. In addition, the readiness of the territorial defense forces and means is maintained, but there are not yet plans on their deployment in the current situation. “They are well-equipped and well-staffed,” the minister said. “However, we are not planning to involve our territorial defense in the current conditions.”
Belarus and Russia are planning to hold a set of measures to shield the republic’s southern borders, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said on Monday.
“We are planning to hold an exercise jointly with our counterparts, our major strategic ally – the Russian Federation.”
Belarus is comprehensively training its troops jointly with Russia “to adequately counter emerging new threats and fend off aggression against the Union State,” the Belarusian defense chief said.
Next year, Belarus and Russia will continue improving their integrated regional air defense system, Khrenin said.
The West realizes that if it sets off a conflict on the Russian border, Minsk won’t stand aside, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a Defense Ministry meeting on military security on Monday….
“They understand perfectly well that if they once again start a war in Donbass or somewhere else on the border with Russia, Belarus won’t stand aside. And it’s clear whose side Belarus will take. They understand it, which is why they have begun to strengthen their northern border, the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. Although there is no reason to do it at the moment,” Lukashenko pointed out. “Nevertheless, they are deploying troops there, making clear statements about it. It’s about approximately 8,000 troops at this stage,” he added.
According to Lukashenko, “intense actions are underway around Russia under the assumption that it plans to attack Ukraine. “I don’t have information about Russia’s plans to attack Ukraine, while if such plans existed, the Belarusian military, me included, would have been aware of them,” he said.
A videoconference meeting of Chief of the International Military Cooperation Department of the Belarusian Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Aide for International Military Cooperation, Major-General Oleg Voinov and Chief of the International Military Cooperation Office of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, Major-General Ci Guowei took place on 29 November….
The sides discussed the next year’s Belarusian-Chinese planned military cooperation events. A memorandum on establishing twinning relations between the defense ministries of Belarus and China in the area of international military cooperation was signed.
….Belarus-China relations of trustful comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation were emphasized.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is violating the Package of Measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the so-called Minsk-2 package, by asking the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s national parliament) to approve his decision to deploy foreign troops in the country, Rodion Miroshnik, who represents the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the political subgroup of the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, said on Monday.
“It is worth noting that Minsk-2 stipulates the withdrawal, not the deployment of all foreign troops! It means that there can be no foreign troops and mercenaries on Ukraine’s territory. Either for drills or for parades,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
He recalled that article 10 of the Package of Measures provides for the “withdrawal of all foreign armed units, military hardware and mercenaries from Ukraine under the OSCE’s monitoring,” and Zelensky reiterated his commitment to these agreements at the latest Normandy Four (Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia) summit in Parish on December 9, 2019.
Earlier on Monday, Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill on approving his decision allowing foreign armed units to enter Ukraine to take part in international drills in 2022.