Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Belarus threatens West – DELFI


He made such a statement during a meeting with foreign military attachés at the Ministry of Defense in Minsk.

“It is reported that if the West continues its policy of escalating tensions, Belarus reserves the right to take a series of additional actions in the field of national security in 2021,” the ministry said on the Telegram correspondence.

Their statement said that last year “the state of international military cooperation was affected by the pandemic and the disrespectful attitude of some states towards the expression of the will of the Belarusian people.”

Mass protests have been going on in Belarus for more than half a year against the results of the August 9 presidential election, which was announced by the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has led the country since 1994. The opposition and Western democracies see those elections as rigged.

The Minsk regime began to quell demonstrations using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons. These actions by the security forces claimed the lives of several people. Thousands of people found themselves behind bars and hundreds more say they were tortured in detention.

The European Union has condemned the crackdown on protesters and imposed sanctions on Mr Lukashenko and his allies.

“The reaction to the presidential elections in the Republic of Belarus was politicized and not aimed at developing good neighborly relations. The current situation (the totality of external and internal security threats) requires a reassessment of the military and political situation, ”the statement of the Ministry of Defense emphasized.

During the meeting, A. Voinov mentioned the “destabilizing” NATO activities in Europe: the deployment of air defense systems, which is being prepared for deployment in Poland to 20,000. US troops, more intelligence, more bomber flights and Defender Europe 2020 military exercises.

“The position of the Republic of Belarus on the need for concrete and urgent action to return to the path of constructive international cooperation in order to strengthen international and regional security, as well as [pasiūlytos] specific measures to implement them, ”the statement of the Ministry of Defense states.

During the meeting, the military attaché was informed that Minsk is currently actively exploring the possibility of using its peacekeeping capabilities. An example is communication with Italy.

“We are ready to expand cooperation in this area and look forward to your suggestions,” Voinov said.

In addition, the attaché was informed about the activities of the Belarusian army in 2020. This year, the main focus will be on joint training with Russia “Zapad 2021”.

Lukashenko goes to Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Belarusian leader Aliaksandr Lukashenko in the southern resort city of Sochi on Monday, the Kremlin said.

The report says the president plans to discuss the integration of the two countries under the Union’s state program, as well as economic and trade and energy projects.

Minsk, for its part, announced that the leaders of the two countries will discuss in detail various issues of the development of bilateral relations, the joint response to emerging challenges, including in the field of security, as well as cooperation between integrated systems.

In addition, Mr Lukashenko and Mr Putin will “exchange views on foreign policy issues”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not rule out the possibility of discussing the prosecution of Viktor Babaryka, one of the Belarusian opposition leaders. The trial of the actor, who sought to run in the presidential election last August, began last week, accusing the Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) of Babaryk of accepting bribes on a very large scale and laundering the proceeds of crime while leading Russian energy giant Gazprom. for the bank’s branch in Belarus – Belgazprombank.

Mr Peskov said Moscow would not interfere in Babaryka’s case.

He also assumed that Mr Lukashenko would inform Mr Putin of the results of a recent People’s Assembly in Belarus, which the opposition called a farce.

In Belarus, mass protests have continued for more than half a year against the results of the August 9 presidential election, which was won by authoritarian President Lukashenko, who has ruled the country since 1994. The opposition and Western democracies see the election as rigged, and the European Union has imposed sanctions on Mr Lukashenko and members of his regime.

A Kremlin spokesman predicted that the leaders’ talks would take a long time. Mr Peskov added that no press conference was planned after the meeting, but that a joint statement might be issued.

In the run-up to the meeting, the media reported that Lukashenko and Putin could negotiate a new Russia $ 3 billion deal. USD (2.48 billion) loans to Minsk. Mr Lukashenko himself denied the information.

The Belarusian leader also announced during a visit to Russia that he plans to meet with the country’s Deputy Security Council Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Mr Lukashenko arrived in Russia on Friday.

At the time, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Belarusian Prime Minister Raman Haluchenko on Saturday discussed the implementation of a bilateral agreement signed earlier the day on the transportation and transhipment of Belarusian oil products through Russian seaports.

Last autumn, Lukashenko threatened that his country would refuse to use the port of Klaipeda for exports, through which potassium fertilizers and oil products are mainly exported, due to Lithuania’s active support to the Belarusian opposition.





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