At the opening of the 2nd Ring Road Belarusian Head of State Alexander Lukashenko talked with the representatives of labor collectives of road-building organizations and residents of Minsk region. Of course, he answered all their questions.
Many questions now arise about the possible location in Belarus of a Russian airbase. Should one believe the information of some Russian media? The President says that one should not discuss this topic.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
We don't need a base today. Especially air forces. We need some weapons, about which I also told Putin and earlier Medvedev, publicly. Firstly, we are in alliance with the Russian Federation. We have responsibility, both Russia and Belarus. We made an agreement: they are responsible for the western borders together with us. In fact, we are not alone here against NATO; we are together with the Russian Federation. We have a specific plan, even in case of war, we know how to act. We need aircraft but not an airbase. We have excellent pilots, we have a good school of military and civilian pilots. But why do I need here aircraft and pilots of other countries? What will our pilots do? We need weapons to be better equipped in terms of the protection of borders of Belarus and Russia.