LOGOISK DISTRICT, 22 March (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko called upon Belarusians to stay united and keep their guard up as he commented to the media on the recent incident at the Machulishchi airfield and the elimination of a terrorist in Grodno, BelTA has learned.
“Attempts to conduct terrorist attacks in Belarus is something absolutely new for us. It's not something we didn't expect, either. We were expecting it. Both I and the military. But anyway it still seems unbelievable to us. What I would like is to see our people stay united. People see everything. You just tell us in time (I always address the people with such a request) if you see a stranger that looks or behaves weird. Just give us a signal,” the head of state said.
He revealed some details about an attempted terrorist attack at Machulishchi airfield: “You just can't imagine how fast the special services responded then. Thousands of people were involved. Those criminals were detected within five days. People were providing us with information: someone saw a person, a car and so on. We were following the tracks, we were searching. It is not always enough however. This is not because people were hiding something from us. This is because people just live their lives quietly and complacently. But today we need to see everything that is going on around us.”
In his words, the recent developments are a signal for people. It is important for people to stay vigilant, for example, when renting apartments and in other situations.
“The unity of security, military and law enforcement agencies as well as our people is of crucial importance today. This will make our life easier in the future,” the Belarusian leader said.
“I am not saying that we have to tell on others, to slander someone. No. We have to be very careful,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Well, this man, who can't even use a wig and makeup properly, just knew that the cameras would record him. They did. We detected him, I think, in Mogilev and followed him around Belarus for a few days. We saw all the stuff he did. Frankly speaking, he does not know how to use makeup and wigs, or maybe he was doing it on purpose. But people were informing us. Except for those scumbags who let him into their apartment. They have been detained, and we are working with them. They are simply outlaws. Why does it always happen that all the terrorists take refuge in such apartments. And the owners always say that they “have nothing to do with it”, “know nothing about it”.
“We must not get complacent. Yes, we won in 2020, God helped us. We were not gearing up for this. We could not even think that something like this could happen on this sacred land. But it happened. And it repeated in Russia. They however learned from our experience and nipped it in the bud. We must not get complacent. Neither we nor Russians. This is the most important thing today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He added that if the situation gets out of control somehow, the West will immediately use it against the two countries.