Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova said that travel to the territory of Russia from Belarus would be banned for third countries’ citizens.
The Russian Ministry argued such action by "radically changed world situation" and the risks associated with migration and terrorist threats.
“Aliens have the right to enter Russia only through international checkpoints, which are not available at the Russian-Belarusian border, and therefore the border control of persons and vehicles on this section of the state border is not carried out. Thus, there are no grounds for crossing the Russian-Belarusian state border by citizens of third countries. Violators may be sanctioned in accordance with the Russian legislation,” explained in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made a statement with regard to Russia in his message to the National Assembly:
“I want Russians, especially the leadership of Russia, to understand that we will not be errand boys. We are an independent, sovereign state.”
It was reported earlier that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the army garrison in Europe (300 thousand people) will get fully operational in early 2017. Putin's official spokesman Peskov then said that the statement reflects the "aggressive nature of the organization."