Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he has set up a reserve police force. If necessary they will be sent to Belarus for intervention. However, that situation has not come up yet. He made the remarks in a speech on Russian state television. A report by the British media BBC has revealed the case.
Putin said that he was asked by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to form a reserve police force, and he did so.
“We further agree that these forces will not be deployed until the situation gets out of control,” he said.
Protests began in Belarus after Lukashenko was re-elected in a contentious election on 9 August. At least 13 journalists have been detained in the capital, including members of the BBC team.
Putin said that Russia has an obligation to ensure the security of Belarus due to the close relations between the two countries. He also highlighted the deep cultural, ethnic and linguistic ties between the two countries.
The Russian president said that the reserve forces would not intervene until the situation worsened further in Belarus. Overall the situation is now moving towards stability.
Polish Prime Minister Mathias Morawiecki has said that Putin’s idea of taking control of Belarus was to cover violations of international law. He called for immediate cancellation of the plan.
Russia and Belarus are part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is made up of several former Soviet states. In 1997, the two countries signed an agreement under which both countries enjoyed the right to work and live independently.