Lukashenko’s remarks come at a time when Belarus claims to be seeing an uptick in military provocations near its border.
“All departments of law enforcement are reporting an increase in the frequency of provocations close to the state line. Ukraine is most likely seeking to find any pretext to involve NATO member states’ troops in the crisis. All of this is proven by the latest missile crash on Polish soil,” Lukashenko remarked during a meeting with security and military officials, according to BelTA.
Belarus, according to the president, is capable of discouraging a possible adversary from employing military action against it.
“So far, we have been successful in discouraging a prospective adversary from employing military action against Belarus,” Lukashenko said.
He emphasized the importance of “constantly monitoring, seeing, and not missing – by any means – any indicators that would suggest direct preparations for aggression against the country.”
He asserted that the countries of the Collective West are continuing to strengthen their armed forces by modernizing infrastructure on the territory of adjacent NATO member states and strategic allies, as well as raising the intensity of combat training and operating activities.
“All of this contributes to an intensification of an already complex military-political situation in our country and throughout the region,” he said.
The president alleged that “the fugitive opponent’s demands for the takeover of power by force and terrorist attacks on Belarus’ soil have become more frequent.”
“Some of these fugitives aren’t just traitors; they are outright fanatics. I don’t know what else to label them. They openly and shamelessly demand strikes on targets within our country’s territory. They even forgot that their family lives on Belarusian land,” Lukashenko said.
Lukashenko has certainly moved into the Eurasian camp. Lukashenko, who has been playing geopolitical footsie with Russia and the West since taking office in 1994, is now solidly in the Eurasian camp, given the waking West’s full-fledged antagonism towards countries who do not adhere to its liberal hegemonic goal.
Belarus will keep playing the heel role as the battle lines in the protracted fight between Eurasian authoritarian governments and the Collective West become clearer.