Selin ATAY-TDO-Speaking to RBK television, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said hosting a Russian military air base on his country's territory had ‘neither practical, nor political, nor military meaning’.
Recently, Moscow and Minsk announced that they were discussing the possibility of establishing a Russian military base in Belarus. But Makey said the issue was out of date due to the development of modern technology, adding that he doubted that the planned military installations would definitively increase stability and security in the region.
Minister Makey said Minsk's decision was not due to ‘the influence of a number of foreign powers’, but only the country's interests were taken into account at the decision stage.
Russia said on Thursday that Belarus’s refusal to host a military air base backed by President Vladimir Putin had been an “unpleasant episode”, “But content, not form is most important. And in terms of content, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said many times that ... Russia is a 100% ally,” Lavrov said.