Belarus has purchased S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems and Iskander missiles from Russia, President Alexander Lukashenko has said.
The announcement was made on the 85th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Belarus is Russia’s main ally and borders Ukraine.
“We have agreed with (Russian President Vladimir Putin) Putin,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by the Telegram. He added that the country bought the “necessary” quantity of these weapons, without further details.
“With such weapons, our army is already completely different,” he said, stressing that these systems “are capable of inflicting enormous damage.”
In early May, Lukashenko, 67, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, accused the West of being obsessed with Nazi ideology and of being “at war with Russia” in Ukraine.