Belarusian soldiers could be sent to Syria to help Moscow provide humanitarian aid, after Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered that his country’s defense and foreign affairs ministries negotiate an agreement with Minsk.
The document, signed last week but published this Monday, proposes that Russia work together with its closest ally in helping the war-torn nation. The text suggests that Belarus could send up to 200 soldiers to assist the Russian troops. They will not engage in combat and will remain out of the conflict zone.
“The Belarusian military contingent is involved in the implementation of activities exclusively for humanitarian purposes outside the combat zone,” the document explains.
Russia and Belarus are both part of the Union State, an agreement signed in 1999. Ever since, the two nations have regularly cooperated on many fronts, including military, and periodically host each other for drills and exercises.