Belarus Claims Sudden Military Drills no Threat to Neighbors

The Belarusian Defense Ministry reported that Belarus is doing a surprise inspection, combat alert, marches to designated areas, and accomplishing combat training tasks and that it is no threat to its neighbors.

“It is planned that the [combat readiness] test will involve the movement of significant numbers of military vehicles, which can slow down traffic on public roads,” said Belarus. 

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said Thursday that the sudden military drills in Belarus pose no immediate threat to Lithuania. 

“There is no immediate threat to Lithuania…. such a threat emerges when units and equipment are deployed on the border, creating fuel and logistics support bases. We do not see all that,” Anusauskas said.

Meanwhile, the latest intelligence briefing by the British Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that the sudden large-scale drills by Belarusian military forces are “in line with seasonal norms” as the country enters the culmination of its winter training cycle this month.

However, the intelligence update said that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use this threat to get Kyiv to divert troops to northern Ukraine and weaken the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region.

“Russia will likely seek to inflate the threat posed to Ukraine by these exercises in order to fix Ukrainian forces in the north, preventing them from being committed to the battle for the Donbas,” the defense ministry said.


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