Updated at 15:19,20-01-2020

Russia to re-negotiate new deal on military assets in Belarus

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Russia to re-negotiate new deal on military assets in Belarus
The Volga early-warning radar near Hancavicy in Belarus / profi-forex.org
Moscow and Minsk are expected to enter into fresh talks in 2020 on the use by Russia of its two military assets on the territory of Belarus, Belarusian Defense Ministry told the Russian news agency TASS.

The assets in questions are the Volga-type early-warninig radar in Hancavicy, a town in Belarus' Brest region and the naval communication center in Vilejka, Minsk region. Russia operates the two facilities under the 1995 lease agreement concluded for the term of 25 years, expiring soon.

"If one of the parties is unwilling to extend the term of the agreement, it shall notify the other in writing about the devision taken 12 months before the agreement expires, namely not later than 6 June 2020," Belarusian Defense Ministry said.



The Volga radar designed to identify launches of ballistic missiles from western Europe and can also track some artificial satellites and monitor the areas patrolled by NATO submarines in the north of the Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea.

The "Vileyka" VLF transmitter is an important facility for transmitting orders from the Russian Navy headquarters to nuclear-powered submarines on missions in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The station is also designed to perform radio-electronic reconnaissance and radio-electronic warfare.