Russia to send paratroopers to Belarus for joint practice starting on Monday: RIA


Russia to send paratroopers to Belarus for joint practice starting on Monday: RIA



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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will send troops from its Pskov division of parastroopers to Belarus for a joint military exercise beginning on Monday, the RIA news agency quoted Russia’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday.

Amid tensions in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko faced public anger over an election last month that his opponents say was rigged. The protests have tested the loyalty of its security forces.

The Ministry of Defense said that the “Slavic Brotherhood” joint military exercise is scheduled to run from 14 September, adding that Russian paratroopers will return to Russia when they are finished.

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