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Belarus Not Planning to Deploy Russian Missiles to Counter U.S., Face Poland and Czech Republic

November 18, 2008

Belarus said it isn’t negotiating with Russia about placing short-range Iskander missiles inside the former Soviet state as a counter to the U.S. missile-shield project.

Belarus has no plans to deploy the missiles as part of Russia’s response to the U.S. missile-shield project in Poland and the Czech Republic, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its Web site late yesterday. The country may acquire the missiles as part of modernizing its military, according to the statement.

By Paul Abelsky, Bloomberg

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko supported Russia’s plan to deploy Iskander missiles in its Baltic Kaliningrad exclave and was negotiating to place them inside Belarus, the Wall Street Journal said on Nov. 14. citing an interview with Lukashenko.

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Belarus Says It Will Accept Russian Missiles Targeted on Europe

November 14, 2008

The Belarusian government is in discussion with Russia on deploying missiles in Belarus that could strike targets in Europe, the country’s president said.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told The Wall Street Journal he would like to see closer relationships with Western countries but he sympathizes with Russia on two points — the Georgian conflict and U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Europe.

UPI

Lukashenko said he supports Russia’s plans to place Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland, to target the U.S. missile system.

Russia opposes the U.S. plan to deploy missiles and a radar system in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying the plan threatens Russia’s national security. The United States says the shield is needed to protect Europe against attacks from rouge states.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his Belorussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko visit the Brest Fortress World War II memorial (225 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on June 22, 2008. This day in 1941, the garrison of the 19-century built fortress in the town of Brest was one of the first Red Army troops to confront the Nazi Germany's Army attack on the Soviet Union in World War II. It held the line for over a month. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his Belorussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko visit the Brest Fortress World War II memorial (225 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on June 22, 2008. This day in 1941, the garrison of the 19-century built fortress in the town of Brest was one of the first Red Army troops to confront the Nazi Germany’s Army attack on the Soviet Union in World War II. It held the line for over a month. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Russia also had proposed putting Iskander missiles in Belarus, Lukashenko said. If no deal is reached, Belarus would consider deploying missiles itself, he said.

“Even if Russia does not offer these promising missiles, we will purchase them ourselves,” Lukashenko told the Journal. “Right now we do not have the funds, but it is part of our plans — I am giving away a secret here — to have such weapons.”

Belarus Responds to U.S. Missile Defense Options

November 17, 2007

MINSK.  Nov  15  (Interfax)  –  Belarus will guarantee its national security  in  new  conditions,  in particular assuming the deployment of elements  of  the  U.S.  missile  defense  in  Europe,  spokesman of the Belarusian Foreign Minsitry Andrei Popov said, commenting on whether the acquisition  of  Russia’s  Iskander  missile system is a reaction to the deployment  of  elements  of  the U.S. missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Belarus  sees  no  objective  preconditions  and reasons to deploy missile  defense elements in Europe. We will also guarantee our security in newly emerging conditions,” Popov said.
    
Russian-Belarusian  interaction  in the military and technical area has existed  for quite a long period of time and “this is not a secret,”the spokesman said.
    
“This cooperation  has  been developing and is one of the means of guaranteeing our security,” Popov said.