Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that time has come to expand defence-related cooperation with Russia, including arms exports. In his words, cooperation between the two countries in exporting arms and military hardware to foreign markets "is no secret." "We have something to sell, most importantly, we do not break international norms and standards," Mr. Lukashenko said. On Wednesday, the head of Belarus met Director General of the Rosoboronexport company Andrei Belyaninov and Executive Secretary of the Russian-Belarussian Financial and Industrial Group Oboronitelnye Sistemy Sergei Batekhin. Oboronitelnye Sistemy (or Defensive Systems) is the only interstate financial and industrial group created on the basis of preexisting cooperation between Russian and Belarussian companies, which worked together to design, produce, and upgrade air-defence systems.
"There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they're going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night,” Milley said