Belarus has deterred potential enemy assaults to date – Lukashenko

The variety of provocations near the nation’s borders is rising, the Belarusian chief mentioned

The state of affairs round Belarus’ border is “tense” however the nation has to date been in a position to deter a possible enemy from utilizing pressure in opposition to it, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has mentioned.

The nation’s safety businesses have registered a rise within the variety of provocations near the Belarusian borders, he informed a authorities assembly on protection points on Thursday.

“Ukraine is trying to use any pretext to draw troops from NATO member states into the conflict” with Russia, he mentioned. 

The president pointed to the current incident within the Polish village of Przewodow final month, the place two individuals have been killed by a missile that had crossed from Ukraine. Kiev and a few media shops instantly claimed that the projectile had been fired by Russian forces, however officers from Poland, the US and EU quickly mentioned it was almost definitely a Ukrainian air-defense missile.

Lukashenko additionally famous that some members of the Belarusian opposition, who had fled overseas, have been advocating a forceful regime change within the nation, with some “extremists” amongst them even “openly calling for strikes at facilities inside our country.”

“They’ve forgotten that their own relatives reside in Belarusian territory,” he mentioned.

He mentioned Western states are persevering with to build up their army presence in nations neighboring Belarus and rising the depth of their combat-training actions there.

All these developments result in “an aggravation of the already tense military-political situation around our country and in the region as a whole,” he warned.

“So far we have been able to deter a potential adversary from using military force against Belarus,” the president mentioned, including that the nation has to stay vigilant, “not to miss … signs that would indicate preparations for an aggression against our country.”

Belarus, an ally of Russia, has lengthy been expressing issues about what it sees because the threats emanating from the West and Ukraine. Belarusian troops aren’t collaborating within the Ukrainian battle, with Minsk saying that it has no aggressive intentions concerning its neighbor. However, Belarus has harassed its readiness to defend itself within the occasion of an assault.