Russia has started to deploy their troops to Belarus, which may further attack Ukraine from the north and increase the dispute over the country’s future, senior U.S. State Department officials warned on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
The move comes after the United States and European officials have increased the diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow.
As per the statement of the officials,” The deployment and movement of the Russian troops towards Belarus is a matter of concern as they regularly scheduled joint military exercises at the borders”.
“The timing is concerning as Russia is stationing troops in Belarus intending to operate the joint military exercise as they seek to attack Ukraine from the north side,” an official pointed out. “We feel Belarusians don’t want such massive disruption and complicity in attack at their side, and we with our allies and partners and many other regimes also don’t want this. So, that’s we have made concerns with the authorities f Bekarus privately,” the diplomat asserted.
According to the diplomat, in the case of regular exercise, prior notice should be given in 42 days, and so if it is about 9,000 troops, and if the deployment of soldiers is around 13,000, then it requires international observers for permission. So, this shows that it is not normal and something suspicious and different is happening over there”.
“The draft issued by the U.S. may show the Belarus’ plans to allow both Russian conventional and nuclear forces to be deployed on the borders,” the diplomat added.
Moreover, the discussion on nuclear weapons in Belarus was started in November by Lukashenko, informed by an official adding that we all should pay attention to such statements.
Moreover, the invasion of Russia in Ukraine created massive distrust among various superpowers, including the United States, the U.K., and NATO. Russia has further warned them to increase the security at their borders; otherwise, the consequences would not be good. On the other side, these superpowers have also warned Russia not to invade Ukraine; otherwise, it will not be good for Russia.