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06 August 2020, 13:29

Lukashenko: Dirty tricks might come from any side amidst hybrid war against Belarus

MINSK, 6 August (BelTA) – The state will not allow the destabilization of the situation in the country during the presidential election, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting on 6 August to discuss ways to maintain security during the presidential election, BelTA has learned.

The head of state urged the police to closely communicate with the public in order to prevent the destabilization of the situation and to identify suspicious persons. The president noted that many provocateurs were detained due to the vigilance of the public.

“To be honest, we do not know what they are capable of. We do not even know who they are: Americans with the NATO, or someone from Ukraine or our eastern brothers show ‘their affection' towards us this way. A hybrid war is going on against Belarus and we should expect dirty tricks from any side, which we actually do,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

According to the president, quite a number of people detained in Belarus sought to destabilize the situation in the country, there is evidence of that. These are not only members of the private military company. “We know addresses, houses, names. Certain things are just beyond belief. Mass media are keeping us on our toes speculating that Americans, the NATO want to invade us. Some people with American passports were detained; they were married to American women working in the Department of State. However, Russian top officials are going to extraordinary lengths to defend them,” the head of state said.

He noted that money is a decisive factor in all these entanglements; while the affiliation with one or another country or a political party does not play any role. “It does not matter if it is an American citizen, an employee of the Department of State or a member of the Democratic Party… They took part in the election campaign in Russia, received good money for that. Today they are creating (or created) hype in the territory of Belarus. I thought that Americans would rush to defend them. Not at all. Money is making them blind; they have turned green over it: they work for whoever pays them. This is the only answer. We have many people like that here” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president noted that he is closely following the election campaign. In his view, a great number of people took advantage of the early voting opportunity because they got alarmed and realized that they could lose the country.

“Some keep urging people to take to the streets on 9 and 10 August. God forbid we will make a fire in the center of Minsk and will throw about chars all over Minsk. We cannot let it happen and we will not,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

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