Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov has said that the New Russian military base near Belarus needed for 'protection' from Ukraine.
'As far as I understand, the Minsk agreements are failing, and radicalism in Ukraine once again starts to rise. New forces are being formed, which are ultra-right, more radical…' Surikov said at a press conference in Minsk, according to Belarus European Radio, UNIAN reports.
According to him, 'a war line once again begins to prevail in Ukraine.'
'We would not want it to prevail. We will be able to stop it on the border with Russia. That's all. Preventive measures,' Surikov said.
He added that the Russian side was concerned that the conflict with Ukraine might go further. 'Even though it [Ukraine] is, perhaps, weaker than Russia -- I do not assess its military prowess -- but these measures are of a preventive nature,' he said.
Russia is building a military base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO.