Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence Arvydas Anushavskas argues that despite the growing differences between Belarus and Russia, Moscow and beyond remains closest military partner of Minsk.
Commenting on the visit of the Belarusian Lieutenant-General Yuri Zhadobin to Lithuania, he stressed that the content of military cooperation between Vilnius and Minsk is not what it could be, if in Belarus was more democracy, reported DELFI.
"I think we should not overestimate these things (differences — DELFI). In the military sphere as was the cooperation between Belarus and Russia, and remains, no one has changed. Protection of Belarus still has bilateral agreements with Russia, we are also members of NATO "- said A.Anushavskas agency BNS.
Yet the head of the committee noted that Lithuania needs to work with the neighbors on all issues, especially when next to Lithuania held military exercises "with very interesting scenarios."
"We it is very interesting, important. Without a doubt, the direct cooperation helps to clarify the relevant issues, "- he said, adding that" here is the cohesion between countries of NATO, will not. "
Belarus is one of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty, initiated by Moscow as a response to NATO.
On Wednesday in Lithuania will be the first visit of the Belarusian Defense Minister Yury Zhadobin.
Y. Zhadobin and the head of the Ministry of Defence of Lithuania Rasa Jukneviciene discuss international security issues of bilateral and regional cooperation, participation in international military operations, tools, enhancing mutual trust. After the meeting, the ministers will sign an agreement on cooperation in the field of defense.