Belarus to move assault troops to western borders as Lukashenko agrees cooperation with Putin

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, fighting to retain control of his country, said on state TV on Saturday that an air assault brigade would move to Belarus’ Western border.

He also added that he has agreed on cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lukashenko is likely referring to the 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade, composed of three airborne battalions, an air assault battalion, an artillery battalion and an antiaircraft artillery battalion. The brigade is one of three formations making up Belarus' special forces. In June 2015 it was deployed at operational readiness along the country's border with Ukraine.

Lukashenko said earlier that he was concerned with the NATO military exercises being conducted in Poland and Lithuania, which he sees as an arms build-up.

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