Lukashenka admits he cannot count on his friends’ economic aid

Alyaksandr Lukashenka. 29 March 2021. Photo:

On March 29, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting on the social and political situation in Belarus.

Among other things, he touched upon the country’s economic issues, stressing the need to ensure ‘internal, economic security on a first-priority basis ’.

“We do not have anyone to rely on at all,” Lukashenka said, adding that ‘everyone has their own problems and interests’.

“We know [who] our friends [are], but as a result of the pandemic, the fall of economy, they do not have the opportunities we could count on before,” quotes him.

During the meeting, Lukashenka also faulted the Belarusian security agencies for ‘making a fuss’ around BYPOL, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services.

A few days ago, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported that alleged traces of planned terrorist attacks in late March lead to the initiative. In turn, BYPOL commented on their statement:

“We have foiled the plans of the authorities to carry out a terrorist attack. In response, we were accused of its preparation. The main thing is that we saved people’s lives”.

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