Belarus’s authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka, a close ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, said on October 10 that Ukraine was preparing an attack on his country’s territory.
Lukashenka said Russia and Belarus will deploy a joint military task force.
“As I said, today Ukraine is not discussing, but planning attacks on the territory of Belarus,” Lukashenka was quoted as saying during a meeting with security officials, state news agency Belta reported.
“We have agreed to deploy units of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus”, he added, without specifying where the troops will be deployed.
He said that the formation of these groups of soldiers started two days ago, which coincides with the day when an explosion hit the bridge connecting Crimea with Russia. Moscow has blamed Ukraine for the explosion.
Belarus “needs to plan in advance to counter all kinds of impostors who are trying to drag us into war,” Lukashenka said.
“There should be no war on the territory of Belarus”, he added. Belarus is financially and politically dependent on Russia.
Russian forces have used the territory of Belarus to launch the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, sending soldiers and equipment to the north of Ukraine through bases in Belarus./REL
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