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16 February 2023, 13:30

Lukashenko: No plans to announce mobilization in Belarus

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Belarus is not going to announce mobilization, Belarusians should not worry about this, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with foreign and Belarusian journalists in Minsk on 16 February, BelTA has learned.

“We keep working in the same way. Our military keep performing their duties in the same way. We have not announced any mobilization and are not going to do it. But we are preparing for war in order to be able to prevent aggression against us. That's it. Belarusians do not need to worry about it,” the head of state assured.

“Our people should keep doing their own thing and stay calm,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko explained when a mobilization drive can be announced: “It is laid out in the documents, they are not classified. If we get a feeling that a war is about to begin, we will carry out mobilization. So far there is no such threat.”

The head of state went on saying: “If you want peace, prepare for war. It was not me who invented this idea. Therefore, if you want peace, you must be prepared for war. And your enemy must understand that you are ready.”

As for some reports that nearly call to flee from Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko is sure that this ‘panic' will subside soon and this is just an information campaign that pursues certain goals. “It means that they are contemplating something in Belarus. Or they simply want to fan the flames here,” the president said.

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