Belarus needs S-400 and S-500 air defense missile systems for the sake of effective defense against a missile attack. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
“Our air defense systems fully cover our borders, Minsk, and so on at present. But in order to enable effective defense against a missile attack, we need S-400 systems and maybe S-500 systems,” he said.
A training center in Belarus already has air defense missile systems S-400. Belarus President
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We’ve set up a center and are training personnel. Russia has supplied S-400 systems to this center. We need one for studies. Training is already in progress.”
Asked to clarify, he noted that it is not a dummy model but combat-effective hardware.
All the launch sites for Topol missiles have been preserved and are ready for use. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview….
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Why did I become an enemy for the West? Not because I am a dictator and the rest but because all the sites but one where [road-mobile ground-based strategic missile systems] Topol used to be have been preserved and are still ready for use. You know how the West reacts to nuclear weapons and other things.”
According to the Belarusian leader, the first president of Russia Boris Yeltsin wanted him to blow up these sites. “Because the West and Americans had been pressuring him and he was pressuring me,” Aleksandr Lukashenko explained.
“I refused. But when the pressure was extraordinary, I’ll have you know (I can prove it and show it), we blew up one launch site. In a forest,” he said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that these launch sites are colossal structures and include special weapon shelters. “They were kept fully inside these sheltered storage facilities. I’ve preserved it all. And Americans and westerners have been constantly asking me why. I have not responded to these questions up till now,” the president stated.