Belarus wants to install Russia’s S-400, the reasons are surprising

Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Photo/defense post

MINSK – In an interview with RIA Novosti, President Belarus Alexander Lukashenko reflected on the impact of Western sanctions imposed on his country after the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) refused to recognize his victory in the 2020 presidential election.

He also commented on the tensions between the closest neighbours, Russia and Ukraine.

Talking about what his country has done to defend itself amid unstable and tense relations with the EU and NATO’s plans for eastward expansion, Lukashenko mentioned what Minsk needed.

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“Today we completely cover our borders with our air defense systems … But to be effective against missile attacks, we only need the S-400 (air defense system) and maybe the S-500,” said Lukashenko.

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Asked when Belarus could receive this missile defense system, Lukashenko said Russian President Vladimir Putin would make that decision.

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Lukashenko also mentioned Belarus already has combat-ready S-400 systems in its training center, and Minsk wants to ask Moscow to leave them in Belarus.

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