Russia, Belarus responding to US troop plan in Poland: report
PR dla Zagranicy
Russia’s ambassador to Belarus has said the two countries are taking “common steps” in response to a possible new permanent US military base in Poland, a newspaper has reported.
In an interview on state-owned television channel Belarus 1, Russia’s ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich said Moscow and Minsk are “united in their military policy,” according to Poland’s Rzeczpospolita daily.
The paper said Babich did not reveal details.
Babich also said that "any aggression on Belarus would be treated as an attack on Russia, with all the consequences," the daily added.
Rzeczpospolita said that media in Minsk are “adopting the Kremlin's propaganda narrative, not mentioning that tensions in the region have been caused by the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the war in eastern Ukraine.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested in a media interview earlier this month that a possible new permanent US military base in Poland could effectively be a done deal.
Senior Polish parliamentarian Adam Bielan said last month that a decision on a possible new permanent US troop presence in Poland was likely to be made next year.
Błażej Spychalski, a spokesman for the Polish president, said at the end of September that Warsaw wanted to spend about 2 billion US dollars to build infrastructure for American soldiers in Poland, including “housing, as well as educational and medical facilities.”