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19 August 2020, 13:21

Lukashenko denies foreign military presence in Belarus

MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has dismissed reports of foreign military presence in Belarus as a fake. The head of state made such a statement as he hosted a meeting of the Security Council with the participation of regional leaders by a video link on 19 August, BelTA learned.

“Fakes are another issue. Blatant lie in the internet: foreign troops in Belarus, military hardware from the Russian Federation in Belarus. You have probably seen these fakes already. They show a military convoy, but it is not clear where it is going and when and who sent it; but they said that this convoy is heading for Orsha from the Russian border,” the head of state said.

“They showed footage without understanding that these are Belarusian armored personnel carriers, not Russian, and they are moving towards the western border [several days ago Aleksandr Lukashenko ordered to dispatch an airborne brigade from Vitebsk to Grodno]. We realized that we needed to take additional measures to defend the sovereignty and independence, the state border in the West,” the president said.

“As to foreign troops, there is not a single military man from other countries in Belarus today,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

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