Presidents of Belarus and Russia Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin agreed to deploy a joint regional group of troops. This was announced today, on October 10, by the Belarusian leader at a meeting on security issues.
Lukashenka recalled that in St. Petersburg, after an informal CIS summit, he had a one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin.
“In connection with the escalation on the western borders of the Union State, we agreed to deploy a regional grouping of the Russian Federation and Belarus. It’s all according to our documents. If the threat level reaches the current level, as it is now, we begin to use the Union State grouping. The basis (I have always said this) of this grouping is the army, the Armed Forces of Belarus. I must inform you that the formation of this group has begun. It’s been going on, I think, for two days. My order was given for us to proceed with the formation of this group, – he said.
At the same time, videos of Belarus tanks being transported to the border with Ukraine appeared online on Telegram channel.