News: Russia plans to deploy fighter jets, base in Belarus

By Andrei Makhovsky and Alexei Anishchuk

MINSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia plans to deploy fighter jets in Belarus this year and eventually establish an air base in the former Soviet republic, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

The moves would increase Russia’s military presence in Belarus, viewed by Moscow as a buffer between Russia and NATO, and could unnerve neighboring members of the Western alliance. Continue

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