Updated at 18:30,22-11-2017

12 airplanes to be kept at Russian military base in Belarus

Euroradio

The project of the deployment of a Russian airbase in Belarus means that 12 warplanes and 4 helicopters Mi-8 will be sent there, head of the operative administration of the Russian Air Forces Alexander Lyapkin said.

The staff of the air base and its organization structure have already been approved, he said. The document has been approved by Belarus, he claimed. Lyapkin asked his Belarusian colleagues to facilitate the preparation for signing the agreement.

The deployment of a Russian air base in Belarus may be discussed at the meeting of the two state leaders on November 26. Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian Ministry of Defence and MFA to reach an agreement on the deployment of a military base with Belarus in the middle of September. Alyaksandr Lukashenka claimed later that he had not discussed the deployment of a Russian military base in Belarus.