Russia remains committed to Belarus’ security, Peskov says
Dmitry Peskov (Photo:Kremlin)
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s Press Secretary, has indicated that Russia would intervene militarily in Belarus if new protests were to arise and threaten Alexander Lukashenko's regime.
Belarus fortifies its border with Ukraine
Peskov said as much in a comment on May 24, responding to reports that some in the Polish military expect an uprising in Belarus in foreseeable future.
General Waldemar Skrzypczak, former commander of the Polish Land Forces, told Polsat News that Belarusian citizens currently serving with Ukraine’s Armed Forces could ultimately use their expertise and weapons to topple the dictatorial regime in their home country.
“We are preparing for an uprising in Belarus, because it is coming,” said Skrzypczak.
"We need to be ready to support the units that will carry out operations against Lukashenko. Preparing for an uprising in Belarus is crucial. We have reason to help them, just like we help Ukrainians."
In response, Peskov called Poland a "hostile state" and accused it of “Russophobia.” He also falsely claimed that Poland is planning to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus.
"Belarus is our partner, ally, and fraternal state," Peskov said.
"Naturally, Russia has an obligation to guarantee the security of Belarus, which we will do if an obvious threat emerges."
Lukashenko flew to Moscow on May 24 to meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, to attend the Eurasian Economic Forum.
Franak Viačorka, advisor to Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, stated that Russia already exerts control over virtually every aspect of the Belarusian state. According to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service, approximately 2,800 Russian military personnel were deployed in Belarus as of early May.
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