Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that his country would go to war if his ally, Russia, was attacked, promising to welcome “hundreds of thousands” of Russian soldiers in the event of a conflict.
These martial remarks come as tensions are at their highest between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. Russia has massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian borders, demanding guarantees for its security, and is soon preparing joint maneuvers with Minsk, at the gates of the European Union.
Addressing the nation in a televised speech, Mr Lukashenko assured that he
there will be a war if his country was attacked or
if [son] ally Russia is attacked directly.
We will rise to defend our land and our homeland, said Mr. Lukashenko, adding however that he
there will be no winners in this war, because
everyone will lose everything.
Judging the level of current tensions in Europe
critical, the Belarusian president threatened to welcome the Russian army on its territory in the event of war.
” If there is an aggression against Belarus, there will be hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers, who together with hundreds of thousands of Belarusians will defend this land. »
Belarus is Russia’s main ally, which provided crucial political support to President Alexander Lukashenko during unprecedented protests challenging his re-election in 2020, which were forcibly suppressed.
At least 100,000 Russian soldiers have been massed on the Ukrainian border since the end of 2021, according to estimates by Westerners who fear that an invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s pro-Western neighbor, is imminent.
Russia denies any invasion plans, but feels threatened by the expansion of theNATO east for 20 years and Western support for Ukraine.