Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, told Russia's defense minister on Monday that he wanted guarantees that Moscow would defend his country if it was attacked.
"In case there is an attack on Belarus, Russian Federation defends Belarus like its own territory. That the kind of guarantee we need," said Lukashenko, making statements in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Saying that Koonu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin first, Lukashenko added that he shared that such security guarantees and their formalization are necessary. He said that Putin also agreed on the issue.
Belarus, which currently hosts a contingent of Russian forces, has offered assistance to Moscow during its military campaign in Ukraine which Russia calls "a special military operation."
When the conflict began, the Belarusian government allowed Moscow to use its territory for attacks on Ukraine.
Since late last year, a flurry of military drills and visits from high-level Russian officials have sparked speculation that Belarus may formally join a new attack on Ukraine.
Lukashenko has consistently denied such intentions, but has said that Belarus will respond to any incursions onto its territory or attempts to foment unrest.