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25 February 2023, 13:44

Lukashenko calls Poland's border crossing restrictions ‘an idiotic move'

MINSK DISTRICT, 25 February (BelTA) – While talking to reporters in the sports center Raubichi on 25 February, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made a few comments in response to the Polish government's decision to restrict truck traffic via Belarusian border crossings, BelTA has learned.

Speaking about the role of “the director of the boom gate” that the Polish government is trying on for size, reporters pointed out that these decisions had also affected shipping companies that deliver cargoes to Asia.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Those crazy people don't even think when they make some step. Do you want to harm Russia? You should try, you have a border with Kaliningrad Oblast. Do you want to harm Belarus? You can harm it since we have a huge border a thousand kilometer long. But why do you cut off those, who feed you? Nowadays Kazakhstan supplies Europe with hydrocarbons and oil. Particularly after sanctions were introduced against hydrocarbon in Russia. Why did you cut them off? People lost jobs.”

He believes that Polish shipping companies also suffer due to these decisions. “We are not really bothered by them. We don't go there after all. We can drive to Poland or they can hook up a trailer in our territory and haul it. Poles, the European Union can bring a trailer to us, we take the trailer from them, and haul it further. We introduced this procedure a long time ago. We don't pat them on the back either. Why did they introduce it now? They want to demonstrate their significance before the patron who recently visited them [U.S. President Joe Biden visited Poland]. They had to demonstrate they are fighting on the side of Americans here and are ready for anything, ready to shoot themselves in the head. Just an idiotic move,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

It was noted that all of it is happening while Belarus invited all the citizens of Lithuania and Poland to visit the country without visas. It seems those governments were particularly irked by the fact that a large number of people started coming to Belarus.

“Poles and Lithuanians came to visit Belarus, saw our ‘dictatorship' and said they wanted the same. And wishes of the people of Lithuania and Poland do not coincide with wishes and actions of the authorities of Poland and Lithuania. It is the key. But people will sort things out,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “One election after another will take place in their countries soon, too. We will see how democratically they will be organized. If they allow people to cast their votes [freely and democratically], the nations will sweep them away.”

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