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Elena Panina commented on Poland’s purchase of Turkish drones

The words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the threat to NATO countries from joint actions of Russia and Belarus are intended to hide the real aggressive plans of the alliance states, including Poland, which had previously announced the purchase of Turkish Bayraktar drones, Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told RIA Novosti on Sunday …

Stoltenberg said on Sunday that NATO members are seriously concerned about closer cooperation between Russia and Belarus in recent months, and the alliance is ready “if necessary” to protect allies from any threat that may come from these countries. According to Stoltenberg, NATO “is watching very closely what is happening in Belarus.” In May, Poland’s Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Blaszak, said his country was buying 24 Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles from Turkey.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov during the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in French

Commenting on this statement, Panina noted that the NATO Secretary General is again trying to shift the responsibility for the growth of tensions in Europe “from a sore head to a healthy one.” According to her, neither Moscow nor Minsk threaten the countries of the alliance, and NATO constantly makes threats against Kaliningrad and Belarus.

“At the same time, NATO’s words do not diverge from deeds, threats quickly materialize. How else, in this case, can one explain Poland’s purchase of the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones? Why did one of the largest NATO armies need killer drones, which are weapons of an offensive war? purchases about Warsaw’s desire to invade the territory of a neighboring country under certain circumstances? ” – noted Panina.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko said that the governments of Belarus and Russia plan to “polish” union programs to deepen integration no later than summer and submit proposals to the heads of state for consideration. At the end of May, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that Minsk and Moscow had made significant progress in coordinating the two remaining sectoral roadmaps for integration.

The agreement on the creation of the Union State of Russia and Belarus was signed on December 8, 1999 in Moscow, in December 2019 – by the 20th anniversary of the document – it was proposed to adopt a program for deepening integration. A working group was created to develop proposals, the parties in total developed projects of about 30 sectoral roadmaps. However, the parties have not yet adopted the program. Golovchenko on April 28 in Kazan at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin said that Minsk had handed over to Moscow the endorsed projects of 26 union programs (integration roadmaps), two more remain in the works. On April 27, the Ambassador of Belarus to the Russian Federation Vladimir Semashko expressed the opinion that the signing of the roadmaps could drag on until September.

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