SOCHI, 26 September (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave his take on the mobilization in the neighboring country as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on 26 September, BelTA has learned.
"There are all sorts of people, here and there. We see them. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise. What is happening is a certain watershed (we had it in Belarus in 2020 and Russia is having it now). It shows who is who. There's nothing wrong with that. They are spinning mobilization scare stories in Belarus. Some people have fled Russia. Listen, Russia has a 25-million strong mobilization resource. Okay, let's say 30,000 or even 50,000 people have fled the country. Imagine they had stayed here… They are not the people to rely on, are they? Let them flee. I don't know how you feel about it, but I wasn't particularly worried when several thousands left Belarus in 2020," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Now, according to the president, most of the Belarusians who left then are asking to come back. "Those who have fled Russia will be coming back too. You just need to decide what to do with them: either let them come or let them stay there. What they have done is wrong. It is possible, after all, to reach an agreement here and not to run around Europe and America, as it was during the Bolshevik Revolution and after it. The situation is not the same," the head of state emphasized.