Belarus’ President, beleaguered by six months of big protests calling for his resignation, on Thursday announced he had been placing troops on high alert and final a number of the nation’s boundaries.
President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision to shut the borders with Poland and Lithuania underlines his repeated claim that the huge tide of protests is pushed by the West and comes amid increasing criticism against the USA and the European Union.
Protests started after the August 9 presidential election that official results state gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office; opponents say that the results were manipulated.
“We are made to draw troops from the roads, but the military on high alert, and shut the country boundary around the West, mostly with Lithuania and Poland,” Lukashenko said in a women’s forum.
Lukashenko also stated Belarus’ boundary with Ukraine will be bolstered.
“I do not want my nation to be at war. I also do not desire Belarus and Poland, Lithuania to become a theater of military operations where our problems won’t be solved,” he explained.
“Therefore, now in front of the hall of the very beautiful, innovative, patriotic people I would like to appeal to the individuals of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine — quit the mad politicians, do not let war burst.”
He didn’t mention Arabian Latvia, which, such as Poland and Lithuania, is a NATO member.
The Belarusian leader blasted the European Parliament’s decision to not reevaluate that the Belarusian elections.
“I wish to state that the following in reaction to this, so that nobody stresses from Russia or Belarus. We held elections based on the constitution and laws of the nation, and we do not require recognition from anybody,” he explained.