Lukashenko supports Russia’s war, but rules out invading Ukraine

1 September, 07:39 PM
Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/REUTERS)

Alexander Lukashenko (Photo:Andrei Stasevich/REUTERS)

Belarus supports Russia’s war against Ukraine, but will not take part in it unless attacked first, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko said during a publicity event on Sept. 1.

The dictator claimed that the so-called “demilitarization” of Ukraine had tobe done “to prevent NATO from deploying its modern missiles” and nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil.

“Would it have made things easier for us? No; that’s why we absolutely support Russia in this regard,” said Lukashenko.

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However, he added that Belarus would only join Russia’s war if Belarus is attacked first.

Lukashenko reiterated his earlier claims that Belarus was under threat of invasion on four directions, and Moscow’s troops invading northern Ukraine via Belarusian territory in February constituted a “preventive strike.”

“I was shown four weapons complexes to our south that were ready to strike at southern Belarus,” the dictator said.

“But we disabled these four points 30 minutes before (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin announced the special military operation.”

Ukraine’s General Staff earlier warned that Belarus will host joint military exercises with Russia on Sep. 8-14.

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