A Russian international ministry official stated on Friday that Belarus might enter the battle in Ukraine if Kyiv decides to “invade” both nation.
Russia used Belarus as a springboard to invade Ukraine in February 2022, and since October has deployed troops in Belarus for joint navy drills.
Each nations have since agreed to accentuate their navy co-operation, elevating fears Moscow might use its shut ally to launch a brand new offensive on Ukraine from the north.
In an interview with state media, international ministry official Aleksey Polishchuk stated that Russia’s joint drills with Belarus have been designed to stop escalation, however warned that Belarus might be part of the Ukraine battle if it or Russia have been invaded.
“From a authorized perspective, using navy pressure by the Kyiv regime or the invasion of the territory of Belarus or Russia by the armed forces of Ukraine are enough grounds for a collective response,” Polishchuk instructed the TASS information company.
He added, nonetheless, that it was as much as the leaders of the 2 nations whether or not they would make that call.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated on Wednesday that his nation should “be prepared” at its border with Belarus, however that he thus far solely noticed “highly effective statements” coming from his neighbour.
“We perceive that aside from highly effective statements, we don’t see something highly effective there, however nonetheless we should be prepared each on the border and within the areas,” he stated.
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