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Belarus summons Ukraine’s military attaché for border violations

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Belarusian Defense Ministry on Sunday said it had summoned the Ukrainian military attache to protest what it called Ukrainian planes that repeatedly violated Belarusian airspace.

Relations between Belarus and Ukraine have plummeted since last year, when Russia sided with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in mass street protests and Lukashenko in turn became more vocal in supporting Moscow against the back to Ukraine.

The defense ministry said in a statement on its website that Belarus had lodged a protest with the Ukrainian official, citing the violation of its airspace on Saturday.

“The military attache has been informed that the Ukrainian side is avoiding dialogue to resolve the dispute … this is very worrying,” the ministry said.

Belarus said on Saturday that a Ukrainian military helicopter flew one kilometer (0.6 miles) into Belarusian territory during the maneuver. A spokesman for Ukraine’s border service denied the allegation.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

Tensions between Ukraine and Belarus take place in the context of growing tensions in the region. Ukraine and its NATO allies accuse Russia of sending tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine’s border in what they say may be in preparation for an attack. Russia denies any such plans.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Additional reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Frances Kerry)

https://whbl.com/2021/12/05/belarus-summons-ukrainian-military-attache-over-border-violation/ Belarus summons Ukraine’s military attaché for border violations

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