Now Kiev considers Belarus as a hostile state and does not exclude not only the possibility of a Russian “invasion” from the side of a neighbor from the north, but also the participation of the Belarusian armed forces in it
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko's statements about readiness visiting Crimea turned this country into a hostile one for Ukraine. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba in an interview with the Latvian portal Sargs.lv.
The text of the interview was published by the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia.
“ With this statement, Lukashenko essentially burned all the bridges in relations with Ukraine, making Belarus a country hostile to Ukraine, '' & mdash; said the minister, calling the President of Belarus a dictator.
Kuleba said that Kiev is seriously considering not only the possibility of an “ invasion '' Russian troops through Belarus, but also the participation of the Belarusian military in this operation.
“ So far, we do not see that the Belarusian army is preparing for operations against Ukraine, or that the Belarusian leadership can allow Russia to use its territory to organize an invasion. However, any potential threat requires not only attention, but also the concentration of resources of the armed forces to mitigate it, '' & mdash; the minister continued.
According to him, the political statements of Minsk “ are part of Russia's aggressive foreign policy. ''
“ This threat must be answered. However, in order to prevent such a development of events, it is necessary to send an appropriate number of military personnel to the Belarusian border. We are currently deciding where to get these resources '', & mdash; explained Kuleba.
He stressed that the activities of the leadership of Belarus “ meet the military interests of Russia '', since in order to strengthen the northern border, Ukraine will have to weaken other areas.
The statement of the President of Belarus about his readiness to visit Crimea and recognize the peninsula as part of Russia was made on November 30.
& laquo; Crimea & mdash; de facto & lt; … & gt; this is the Russian Crimea. & lt; … & gt; My visit to Crimea, to which I have every right, under whose protectorate, leadership … this is my Crimea. & lt; … & gt; The president [Putin] suggested to me, he said: “ Come on. '' & lt; … & gt; I say: “ Well, show me the Crimea. '' & Mdash; No questions asked. & lt; … & gt; If the president has already arrived there with the president of Russia & mdash; listen, what other confessions can there be? This is not a secret for me or for Putin, '', & mdash; Lukashenko said then in an interview with RIA Novosti.
He also said that in the next two months, joint military exercises of Belarus and Russia will be held on the border with Ukraine. “ We agreed with President [Vladimir] Putin that we should soon conduct exercises together on the southern borders, the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, '' & mdash; Lukashenka said. He noted that the exercises are planned to be held in two stages, with the first stage to take place in winter. The President of Belarus assured that everything is ready for this.
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