Lukashenka about Belarus-Ukraine border: Russia never asked us to raise tensions

Hearing out a report from State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aliaksandr Miazhuyeu the Belarusian President was particularly interested in the situation at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, state-run news agency BelTA reports.

Aliaksandr Lukashenka warned that the Belarusian border service should work in a way to prevent any justified complaints from the Ukrainian side. ‘We promised them even before the presidential election that we would act decently with regard to Ukraine and we continue doing so. Neither Russia nor anyone else has asked us to raise tensions at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border and we don’t need these tensions. <…> We don’t hide the fact that we certainly keep an eye on the border due to the events going on over there,’ he said.

Mr Lukashenka expressed confidence that the Belarusian side should deal with all the emerging problems without violating the standing agreement with the Ukrainian side. The President added he would like Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus Leanid Maltsev to constantly stay in touch with his Ukrainian counterpart.

It is to be recalled that a number of Belarusian journalists and activists have repeatedly voiced fears over the possibility of Russia’s starting an assault against Ukraine from the territory of Belarus.

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