MINSK, December 14. /TASS/. The issue of accommodating a Russian airbase on the territory of Belarus is not on the agenda, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with media outlets from Russia on Friday.
"No one needs this base. (No need to) build some base at an old airfield. I ask [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a question: aircraft from Russia will have a flight time of 3-4 minutes. Why is it necessary to bring the airfield to the front line, if a war begins? One missile would be enough to finish off the runway," the Belarusian leader said.
"This is some ill-conceived PR move," Lukashenko remarked.
Belarus currently accommodates two Russian military facilities: a separate radio-technical center in Gantsevichy and a communications compound in Vileyka. Under the Russian-Belarussian accords of January 6, 1995, they, together with land plots, were transferred to Russia for use until 2020.