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Minsk sees no need in deploying Russian airbase in Belarus — FM

October 28, 2015, 8:46 UTC+3

Deployment of an airbase can hardly ease military and political tension in the region, says the foreign minister

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Minsk sees no need in deploying a Russia airbase in Belarus, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said on Tuesday.

"In the current situation, when there are a number of other issues that require a swift solution, including the Ukrainian crisis and the situation in Syria, we don’t think there is a necessity to speak about deploying a Russian airbase in Belarus," Makey said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

"It is obvious that deployment of this airbase can hardly ease military and political tension in the region," he said. "On the contrary, the airbase would only cause irritation at both Minsk and Moscow."

He said his country had airbases enough to "accommodate hundreds of place in just a few hours." So, in his words, it would be more appropriate to speak about "readiness to provide a swift response in case of growing tensions in the region or possible threats to Belarus’ and Russia’s security."

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian defense and foreign ministries to hold talks with Belarus and sign a draft agreement on establishing a Russian airbase in Belarus. According to the Russia government, this agreement was to facilitate the organization of joint guarding of the Union State [of Russia and Belarus] border in air space and establishment of a common Russian-Belarusian regional system of air defense.

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