Plans RF occupancy fighters on the ground in Belarus, which ultimately could lead to a real airbase, said on April 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Create airbase is seen by Moscow as a buffer between Russia and NATO and may perhaps awaken a sense of discomfort in some members of the Western alliance. Creating a unified air defense system of Russia and Belarus started in 2009, but many are certain agreements remained in the plans. According to Shoigu in 2015 in Belarus can be located regiment combat fighters, the first group of fighters to arrive in Belarus this year. Every Russian regiment is about 60 combat aircraft. Director of the capital defense research center Ruslan Pukhov said that the deployment of an aviation regiment in Belarus does not contribute to improving the safety of, but may be perceived as a manifestation of hostility west.
Lukashenko said Shoigu that the West «should realize that if he looks at us with bad intentions, we will respond,» reports the Belarusian news agency BelTA. But the head of the country has not made any public comment on the deployment of Russian fighters or the development of the air base, the country’s Foreign Ministry also declined to comment.
Inhibition of the Lukashenko regime dissent within the country made it a pariah in the West, at the same time he is afraid to give Moscow a lot of leverage in the affairs of their own country with 10 million population.
photo — Su-27 Air Forces of Belarus produces thermal traps during military exercises in Domanovo (taken about 200 km south-west of Minsk, October 21, 2008).
In accordance last Russian military reform, which began in 2008, regiments were transferred to the airbase, with a population of approximately 60-70 aircraft. Now part of the Russian Air Force comes to 12 bases. Applied to aircraft fleet has failed to Russian system «air army — division — regiment» (Fighter Wing usually consisted of 2-fighter squadrons to 12 — a total of 24 machines, not including training) in favor «command — AFB — Squadron» (in other words, the term «regiment» in today’s organizational and command system is virtually absent Air Force).
According to Russian media reports, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu read almost the subsequent: «We proceed to consider the plan to establish a Russian air base here with fighter planes. Cherish the hope that in 2015 there will already Aviation Regiment. » In 2013, the creation of the so-called implied Aviation and staging the first commandant of the fighter on combat duty.