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24 January 2023, 12:49

Lukashenko demands individual approach to those who want to return to Belarus

MINSK, 24 January (BelTA) – It is necessary to apply a case-by-case approach to those who left Belarus after the 2020 events but want to come back, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting to review the social and political situation and the crime rate in Belarus on 24 January, BelTA has learned.

“Everyone who wants to mend their ways and make amends should have a chance for leniency. This applies only to those who deserve this forgiveness. Those who deliberately broke the law, endangered human lives, continue destructive activities against our country with the support of Western intelligence agencies will be held accountable. We have brought the law into line and toughened it quite a bit. After all, some of those who fled (they need to provide for themselves somehow) have been radicalized and now they rely on the use of force and the creation of illegal paramilitary formations. In this case there is no returning home and there will never be,” the president said.

In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned the Kastus Kalinovsky Regiment fighters in Ukraine and the units being formed in Lithuania and Poland. “The official authorities are trying to distance themselves from them. We are well aware of that. We see the whole picture. They send these fighters to the frontline telling them to practice their skills and after that to go to Belarus to overthrow the government, to create havoc there, to unleash a war. Recently, these fighters have come under fire at the front. Many died and many were permanently disabled. Who needs them today? No one does. President Zelensky will not ride them on the ice (the guy lost his leg fighting for his homeland. He would have lost the second leg if not for our doctors). But this is their choice. They must know that we will deal with them according to the laws of war,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state emphasized that a lot of work needs to be done to sort things out. “We should not act indiscriminately, because in this case our supporters will have every reason to change their mind about us and we will lose them. We must take this into account,” the president emphasized.

“We, together with journalists, bloggers, those who were on the frontline, will decide what to do with those who have realized what they did, who have repented and made a public statement about it, which is mandatory. But a step forward must be taken,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is sure. “We need to figure out who has really revised their views and wants to live peacefully, study and work, and who does not. Yet, we should not lose sight of the fact that some of them might take advantage of our conciliatory gesture and inflict some damage. It is also in the interests of intelligence services of foreign states, especially our close-door neighbors who are mean-spirited towards us (they are acting worse than countries that are further away from our borders). Therefore, our task is to apply an individual approach to everyone and to take fair decisions,” the Belarusian leader demands.

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