The Moscow military has accused the United States-led NATO Western military alliance of destabilizing military construction near the border between its member states and Russia and Belarus. This accusation has been denied by the 30 member states.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Belarusian Prime Minister Viktor Khrenin participated in the joint board meeting of the alliance of the two countries through a virtual link. Shoigu reiterated Russia’s commitment to Belarusian security. Since the controversial re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August, political turmoil has plagued Russia’s security against Belarus, and has focused on external pressure on Minsk from its western neighbors.
Shoigu said: “There is still a disturbing situation on the western border of the alliance countries, and NATO continues to expand its frontier power in the country.”
He said that NATO members are improving their military capabilities at the doorstep of Russia and Belarus, and Moscow is concerned about the global missile system that Russia is developing.
Shoigu said: “The alliance’s military infrastructure is improving on our borders, and the supply of materials and technical equipment, weapons and military equipment is increasing.” “It is said to be the US anti-missile defense system, whose launchers can be used to attack weapons. The field is increasing.”
Moscow has long condemned the Pentagon’s use of hardware similar to the US medium-range missile system to deploy the “Aegis” shore defense system, which was actively developed after Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty last year. .
Shoigu said that even if COVID-19 forces armed forces around the world to take preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease, NATO is still accelerating its maneuvers near the border.
He said: “Despite the pandemic, the intensity of group military exercises has not declined.”
In the statement issued Weekly newspaper, NATO officials rejected Shoigu’s description. The official said: “NATO poses no threat to Belarus, and there is no military force in the region.” “Our position is strictly defensive.”
The official said that the ongoing exercises near Belarus are routine, planned in advance, and have nothing to do with civil unrest within Russia’s allies.
The official told reporters: “We will continue to exercise as usual.” Weekly newspaper. “This includes a long-term planned annual “Brilliant Jump” exercise, which will relocate our highly prepared “Pioneer Force” personnel to Lithuania in late October and early November. The exercise is routine and will be compared with Belarus. The development of the situation is irrelevant; the plan starts in mid-2019.”
The official also said that NATO has notified the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in advance, of which Moscow and Minsk are both members.
The official said: “NATO is firmly committed to improving transparency and reducing risks, and has notified the OSCE in advance.” NATO remains vigilant, strictly defensive, and ready to prevent any aggression against NATO allies. “
NATO has repeatedly denied allegations by Russia and Belarus that their forces have assembled on the border with allied countries in Eastern Europe. Officials from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (NATO countries bordering Russia and Belarus) stated: Weekly newspaper They are monitoring military activities at the border and are concerned about Lukashenko’s suppression of demonstrations in the country.
The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) also told Weekly newspaper Last month, it was watching a joint Russian-Belarusian exercise as part of the annual Slavic Brotherhood exercise.
Washington has held consultations with Moscow and European partners on the situation in Belarus. This question was raised during a telephone discussion Friday when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.
The State Department read out that these people “call on the Belarusian authorities and the real representatives of civil society, especially the coordination committee established by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for meaningful dialogue,” referring to Lukashenko’s opponents. The 26-year-old leader neglected his duty in an election campaign supported by the West.
The US statement said: “The European Union and the United States have reiterated their firm support for the independence and sovereignty of Belarus.”
Shoigu warned on Tuesday that foreign countries should not interfere in Belarus’ sovereign affairs.
Shoigu said: “This is especially important in the context of ongoing global instability. When people’s distrust of interstate relations is increasing, people are trying to undermine the foundation of international law and the interests of sovereign nations are being ignored. “Using the technology of color revolution, the United States and its satellites purposefully increased tensions and undermined the internal political situation of many countries.”
Both Moscow and Minsk expressed concern about the “color revolutions”, which attempted to destroy the sphere of influence of the former Soviet Union under the guise of a democratic uprising.
The Ministry of Defense of Belarus said on Tuesday: “The main goal of this meeting is to organize practical work to build and strengthen the necessary joint military potential to respond to military challenges and threats against the alliance countries.”
On the same day, the top diplomats of the two countries spoke.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov “reaffirmed support for the Belarusian leader’s initiative to carry out constitutional reforms to normalize the situation in the country at an early date.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Macdi, said that “thematic issues of cooperation and integration between Belarus and Russia were discussed,” including international mechanisms and arms control measures.
Proponents of non-proliferation efforts celebrated the recent developments, which will make the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons come into force on January 21, but another crucial agreement will also be included in the Treaty “(New beginning).
The agreement is the third agreement in a series of bilateral arms control measures to limit the strategic arsenals of the two countries since 1991. It will expire on February 4th, marking that the last nuclear weapons agreement between Washington and Moscow is in half a year. It collapsed for the first time in a century. .
The United States is seeking a new, more comprehensive treaty that involves more weapon systems and other countries, such as China, which refuses to participate because its nuclear stocks are much smaller. These requirements and other prerequisites have frustrated the Russian side.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Vladimir Putin) proposed an immediate extension of one year in the latest proposal, which involves the temporary suspension of nuclear warhead production. The State Council has actively received this news, but has not yet announced any progress.
When the two sides fought earlier this month, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned that “trust is in a deep crisis.” Weekly newspaper Embassy of Moscow in Washington.
He expressed the hope that the United States “will not seek military superiority in Russia,” nor will it attempt to “obtain significant unilateral superiority in the military and political field.”
Like Shoigu, he also listed the US missile system as Russia’s main focus, and this is just the border of Russia.