Lukashenko pointed out that ‘Ukraine’s leadership, following an anti-popular course, took the route of the confrontation. We are not saying where: to the West, the East, the South, it does not matter. It is a matter of them to determine it,’ the TASS news agency quoted him.
Lukashenko said that Minsk considers that Kiev’s policy constitutes a threat that the country did not have before and adds to the dangers Belarus faces due to hostility from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
On July 30th, Defense Minister Victor Khrenin accused NATO of applying provocative measures against his country to discredit it in the international arena.
In a meeting with President Lukashenko and local authorities, Khrenin drew attention to the periodic violations of the country’s air space, which happened three times between April and June, in addition to a high activity of unmanned aerial vehicles being used by border troops and units of the Armed Forces of neighboring countries.
He considered that such measures can be part of the preparation of provocative actions in the border areas, in order to create new newsworthy events to discredit Belarus in the international arena.
The Defense Minister warned that the political and military situation throughout the country remains difficult. ‘The West, represented by the United States and the European Union, continues with its attempts to create the conditions to dictate their will to us. The pressure continues in the political, informational and economic spheres,’ he said.