NATO countries neighboring Belarus are strengthening military capabilities and intelligence activities. This was announced by Ruslan Kosygin, head of the general staff of the country’s armed forces, on ONT TV on August 30.
According to him, “unprecedented measures have been taken recently on the territory of neighboring countries to increase both their own military capabilities and the ability to receive and deploy foreign contingents on their territory.
Kosygin added that “intelligence activities” against Belarus have been “very seriously strengthened.
“Already today, a contingent of more than 10,000 troops, more than 40 combat aircraft, and more than 500 heavy military equipment is permanently stationed on the territory of neighboring states with our country,” the channel’s website quotes the military leader as saying.
Earlier on Sunday, the Belorussian Defense Ministry said it was conducting an exercise to eliminate a conventional enemy that had crossed the border in the western direction. A comprehensive tactical exercise in the Grodno direction is being conducted from August 28 to 31.
On August 18, the Belarusian Defense Ministry announced the beginning of scheduled aviation flights near the state border.
A few days later, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he had to make the most serious decision for the first time in a quarter of a century, bringing the army’s main forces on full alert due to the activity of NATO troops near the country’s borders.
On August 24, the republic’s Defense Ministry said it would bring individual units to the highest level of alert as part of the third stage of a comprehensive readiness check of the country’s armed forces.