Russia and Belarus plan to hold joint military exercises in February or March 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today at a meeting with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, BTA reported, citing TASS.

"As you suggested, we will conduct them (the exercises), the military will agree on whether in February or March, I do not know, they will decide," Putin was quoted as saying by TASS, commenting on what Lukashenko said at the beginning of the talks.

Mr Lukashenko has asked Putin not to suspend co-operation in the military and military-industrial sectors.

The President of Belarus stressed that he does not want to stop the joint military exercises in order to continue the training, as he put it, of "our boys" with the new military equipment that Minsk buys from Moscow. 

Putin has called for closer ties between the former Soviet republics

The exercises planned to be held on Belarusian territory come amid unprecedented East-West tensions, Reuters notes.

Moscow is urging NATO to promise not to accept Ukraine into the pact, which borders Russia and Belarus.

Ukraine says Russia is preparing to invade its territory, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.


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