Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said Belarus and Russia will deploy a joint military task force in response to what he called an aggravation of tension on the country’s western borders

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Belarusian president says the two allies will deploy a military task force, without specifying the location.

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Lukashenko said on Monday the two countries had started pulling forces together two days ago

source:the independent

apparently after the explosion on a bridge linking Russia to the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.

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The announcement came as Russian missiles struck multiple cities across Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv, for the first time in months.

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“I’ve said already that today Ukraine is not just discussing but planning strikes on the territory of Belarus,” state news agency Belta quoted Lukashenko

source:NBC news

as saying during a meeting with security officials. He did not provide any evidence for the claim.

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“We have agreed to deploy a regional grouping of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus,” he added.

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The president said Belarus “must have plans in advance to counter all kinds of scoundrels who are trying to drag us into a fight”.

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