ASTANA, 14 October (BelTA) – It is necessary to be prepared for all kinds of provocations along the entire perimeter of the CIS, everyone will be put to the test, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the narrow-format meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State in Astana on 14 October, BelTA has learned.
“Unfortunately, what we had been talking about for so long, for so many years has materialized, it has become a reality. A real hybrid war has been unleashed against all of us. And Ukraine is just a pretext. Western countries have long been mulling over revenge for the campaigns they lost in the previous century, starting from the first days after the victory in the Great Patriotic War, and maybe even earlier,” the Belarusian leader said.
According to him, Russia and Belarus have found themselves in the crosshairs of economic and financial attacks. “However, I think that everyone here understands that the true objectives of Western strategists are much bigger - to divide the Eurasian space into sectors of influence and use our countries as raw material and industrial colonies. We need to be prepared for all kinds of provocations around the entire perimeter of the CIS. The recent events in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are striking and very illustrative examples. But this is just the beginning. Everyone will be put to the test,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.
“Unfortunately, I have to acknowledge the absence of mutual support in a number of cases,” the head of state noted. He drew attention to the fact that principled positions of some countries still hinder effective joint response to the Western sanctions.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also noted that many interethnic and territorial disputes remain unresolved in the post-Soviet space. This matter was also discussed at the summit. “These are the disputes that the Soviet Union could not or did not have time to resolve. Today, external players are making incredible efforts to turn every, even the most insignificant, dispute into a heated confrontation,” the president said.