From the right, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko. 17 Feb 2023.
Moscow – Belarus is ready to support Russia at war in Ukraine by producing Su-25 fighter jets. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said this today during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia. According to him, it was these Soviet aircraft that “proved themselves” in Ukraine. The BBC reported about it in its Russian-language edition.
“As the government informed me, we are ready to start production of the Su-25 aircraft, which has proven itself well in Ukraine,” Lukashenko said. He added that Belarus would need some support from Russia to start production.
The Belarusian leader met Putin at his official residence in the city of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow. The Meduza news portal noted that in the last two and a half years, i.e. since the mass anti-government protests that broke out in Belarus in 2020, he went to see Putin fourteen times.
According to the DPA agency, Lukashenko spoke during the meeting with his Russian counterpart also about technological cooperation and highlighted that the sanctions of Western countries failed to deprive Belarus and Russia of their potential in the field of computer technology.
Belarus, which is Russia's closest ally, did not send its soldiers to the war against Ukraine, but provided Moscow to attack its territory and airport against a neighboring country. In the initial phase of the invasion, Russian troops led the offensive on Kiev from there. Ukraine fears that Belarus could become even more involved in the war on the side of Russia. On Thursday, however, Lukashenko said that Belarus will join the fighting in Ukraine alongside the Russians only if it itself is attacked