Russia-Belarus drills: Danilov discusses escalation with Lithuanian president’s adviser.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov and Chief Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania on National Security Darius Kuliešius discussed the escalation on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border on the eve of military exercises between Russia and Belarus.

The parties exchanged views on the current security situation in the region, in particular, in the context of aggravating danger on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border on the eve of Russia’s and Belarus’s joint command-and-staff exercise “Zapad-2021”, as well as the recent hijacking of the Ryanair aircraft in Minsk.

According to Danilov, since the previous meeting of the national security heads within the “Lublin Triangle” in March this year, the situation in the region has significantly worsened. “The events in Belarus have become a challenge not only for Europe but for the whole world”, - the NSDC Secretary said adding that the hijacking of the Ryanair aircraft in Belarus “has all the markings of Russia’s intelligence operation”.

“They are carrying out constant provocations, and if this is not noticed, they will move on”, - he said adding that Ukraine and its Baltic partners should “help build a democratic Belarus”.

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