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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The real reason for stationing Russian fighter jets in Belarus

Su-27UBM FlankerRussia's plans to deploy airbases in Belarus could be interpreted as another headache for the West and, in particular, for the Baltic states, at least, because it could fuel the arms race in Europe.

Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Defense and Foreign Ministries to hold talks with Minsk on the possibility of establishing a Russian airbase in Belarus.

Although Russian SU and MIG jets have yet to be relocated closer to Poland and Lithuania, a number of experts have correctly described Moscow's actions as a response to NATO's increased air reconnaissance in the Baltic States and Poland.

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