The document says:
“To accept the proposal of the Government of the Russian Federation to sign the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on the Russian aviation base on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. ”
The President instructed the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to conduct negotiations with the Belarusian side and sign an agreement on behalf of Russia.
The newspaper reminds that “since December 2013, the link of Russian fighters — four modified Su-27CM3 — is in combat duty in Belarus together with local military aviators, and in March last year they were joined by six more Sukhoi fighters.”
After signing the agreement, this flight group will be expanded to a full-fledged regiment.
“The appearance of our military facility on the territory of our neighbors is primarily related to ensuring the protection of the airspace of the Union State. As part of this mission, Russian crews will have to patrol in the sky and conduct reconnaissance at the western borders of Belarus. In addition, pilots will be attracted to the verification of the readiness of the headquarters and control bodies of the Belarusian army to accomplish the tasks of the Unified Regional Air Defense System, ”RG reports, citing Russian experts.
Earlier, commander-in-chief of the VKS, Viktor Bondarev, stated that “a new air base, ensuring protection of the airspace of the Russian Federation and its neighbors, will become an important element of the first strategic echelon of the defense of the Union State”.