Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an in depth ally of Russian chief Vladimir Putin, claimed Monday that Ukraine was making ready an assault on his nation’s territory.
“I’ve mentioned already that in the present day Ukraine isn’t just discussing however planning strikes on the territory of Belarus,” state information company Belta quoted Lukashenko as saying throughout a gathering with safety officers.
“We’ve agreed to deploy a regional grouping of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus,” he added.
Lukashenko didn’t specify the place the troops could be deployed.
He mentioned the formation of those troops began two days in the past, coinciding with an explosion on a bridge linking Crimea to Russia that Moscow blamed on Ukraine.
“With out escalating the state of affairs, I need you to know: if you would like peace, it’s essential put together for struggle. All the time,” Lukashenko mentioned.
He mentioned Belarus “should have plans upfront to counter all types of scoundrels who’re attempting to tug us right into a combat.”
“There needs to be no struggle on the territory of Belarus,” he added.
Belarus depends financially and politically on its key ally Russia.
Lukashenko allowed Russian troops into the nation underneath the pretext of army workout routines within the months earlier than Moscow launched its army operation in Ukraine.