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Belarus, Russia to form joint military group, Lukashenko says

russian president putin and belarusian president lukashenko meet in st. petersburg
Ties between Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko have always been close

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus and Russia will deploy a joint military task force in response to what he called an aggravation of tension on the country’s western borders, the state-run Belta news agency reported on Monday.

Lukashenko said the two countries would deploy a regional military group, and had started pulling forces together two days ago, apparently after the explosion on Russia’s bridge to Crimea.

Russian forces used Belarus as a staging post for their Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, sending troops and equipment into northern Ukraine from bases in Belarus.

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