Belarus: Minsk to close borders with Lithuania and Poland – Lukashenko
Lukashenko announced the closure of borders with Poland and Lithuania
According to the President of Belarus, official Minsk also &# 171; forced&# 187; will strengthen the protection of the border with Ukraine
The Belarusian authorities are going to close the state border with Poland and Lithuania, as well as strengthen the protection of the border with Ukraine. Alexander Lukashenko said this on Thursday, speaking in Minsk at the forum “For Belarus”, the portal Tut.By reports..
“We are forced to withdraw the troops from the streets, put half of the army under arms and close the state border from the west, primarily with Lithuania and Poland. We are forced to strengthen the state border, to the greatest regret, with our fraternal Ukraine, ”Lukashenka said.
At the same time, Lukashenka, whose victory in the last presidential elections was not recognized by Western countries due to numerous falsifications, stressed that he is not going to resort to aggression against neighboring states..
“I don’t want our country to be at war. Moreover, I don’t want Belarus and Poland, Lithuania to turn into a theater of military operations, where not our issues will be resolved, ”Lukashenka said, addressing the Lithuanians, Poles and Ukrainians with a request“ to stop their insane politicians, to prevent the outbreak of war “.
The journalists have not yet been able to find out what is meant by the closure of the borders – whether it is about military reinforcement, the termination of transit or the introduction of restrictions on entry and exit..
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Thursday in Washington with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. The heads of the foreign ministries, including, discussed the situation in Belarus, seized by mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.
“The Secretary of State expressed gratitude to Lithuania for its leadership in defending the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus, as well as the democratic rights of its people,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.
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