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Belarusian emergency Ministry prepares for potential armed conflict, according to Reuters


The Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations is undergoing significant preparations to equip and train its personnel for potential involvement in the event of an armed conflict, as stated by the head of the emergency ministry on Monday. Reuters reported that Emergency Minister Vadim Sinyavsky made the announcement on state Belarus 1 television, emphasizing the ministry’s readiness to assist the defence and internal ministries should the need arise.

Sinyavsky highlighted that the emergency personnel will be fully prepared to support the ministries in handling situations involving armed conflict or large-scale riots that may necessitate the involvement of additional personnel. This move comes after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s earlier statements, where he expressed his desire for every individual, regardless of gender, to possess the ability to handle weapons and respond to acts of aggression.

The article noted that despite not deploying its own troops to Ukraine, Belarus allowed Russia to utilize its territory for launching a full-scale invasion on Ukraine in February 2022. Since then, Belarus and Russia have conducted several joint military exercises. Moreover, in a controversial move that garnered widespread condemnation from the West, President Lukashenko permitted his country to be used as a base for Moscow’s nuclear weapons in June.

President Lukashenko’s close rapport with Russian President Vladimir Putin has led to frequent meetings between the two leaders. A recent two-day trip of the Belarusian president to Moscow concluded on Monday, during which they discussed matters pertaining to “strategic partnership.”

The “union state” partnership between Russia and Belarus has established Moscow as the dominant player in their relationship. This perception has sparked concerns in Kyiv that Lukashenko, who is considered a pariah in the West, may be influenced by Putin to join a new ground offensive, thereby opening a fresh front in Russia’s struggling invasion of Ukraine.

As the situation unfolds, regional and international stakeholders closely monitor the developments and the implications for the broader security landscape. The arming and training of the Belarusian emergency personnel are likely to be watched with heightened interest, given the current geopolitical climate in the region.

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