Ukraine, Belarus leaders meeting: Will issues of ‘militants’, West-2017 war game be raised?

Petro Poroshenko and Alyaksandr Lukashenka will meet in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April, 26.

“The presidents will jointly honor the memory of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster and visit a number of facilities at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Interfax Ukraine reports with reference to the presidential press service.

The presidents will also hold negotiations in the territory of Belarus. The agenda of the talks is not specified, but the sides do have issues to discuss.

In mid April, Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, stressed that the joint Russian-Belarusian West-2017 war game may become the preparation for an assault against Ukraine in September.

Moreover,  in March Alyaksandr Lukashenka stated that ‘armed militants’ who were allegedly preparing ‘mass riots’ in Belarus were trained and instructed in Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. Later, such claims were voiced in films and shows aired on state-controlled TV stations. As a result, about 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activistshistorians, as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail.

“Over the recent years information hygiene issues have becoming urgent for the Belarusian information space: one accuses Ukrainian citizens of possible involvement in extremist activities and allows themselves to make insulting remarks towards the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred and defenders of the Revolution of Dignity,” the Embassy of Ukraine in Belarus responded to Lukashenka’s claims., phot. by

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