Belarus says it will host just under 9,000 Russian troops

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MOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The Defense Ministry in Minsk said on Sunday that only 9,000 Russian troops would be deployed in Belarus as part of a “regional group” of troops to protect its borders.

Valery Revenko, the head of the Defense Ministry’s international military cooperation department, wrote on Twitter: “The first army trains with Russian soldiers (part of the regional group) started arriving in Belarus. “The transfer will take several days.

“The total number will be slightly less than 9,000 people.”

More information will be given in a briefing for military attachés, he added.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said last week that his troops would deploy alongside Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, citing threats from Ukraine and the West.

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