MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko commented on the Chinese balloon incident over the USA as he spoke to Chinese media on 23 February, BelTA has learned.
“You understand well what the situation in the world is today. China will not be left in peace,” the Belarusian leader said. “China is the main rival of the United States. The Americans do not hide this. It is sad that they stoop so low,” he said. The head of state explained that he meant the Chinese civilian air balloon incident over the United States. “They put on a show like they always do. They made a big deal out of nothing to convince their society of the ‘danger' of that Chinese object. When the attention of 300 million people, Americans, was glued to that object, they shot it down. For what? The election campaign is round the corner. They did it to show their heroism.”
“Later, however, when dust settled, people understood that it was just an unfriendly move against China. The Chinese immediately said that it was a civilian balloon. The two countries could have worked together to sort things out. But they deliberately destroyed it. That was a very unfriendly move,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.