GRODNO, 24 August (BelTA) – The Western Operational Command must closely watch the movement of military units of the countries that border on NATO member states. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement at a rally in Grodno on 22 August, BelTA has learned.
The head of state instructed the State Border Committee to beef up security along the state border. “Not a single militant, not a single provocateur, not a single ammunition round must penetrate into our territory,” he said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that in the past the government decided to simplify border crossing procedures for citizens of a number of countries. However, some foreigners are trying to exploit it for negative goals. “They've come here, wave flags, riot, encourage you to stage riots as well,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He explained it was the reason why border security had to be increased.
“People at the heart of the riots are not Grodno residents. The genuine instigators are located near Warsaw and Vilnius. You can see to where the alternative candidates have fled. Nobody pushed them out of Belarus. Some even asked me to save them and get them out of the country. Some went abroad in roundabout ways via Russia and Ukraine only to settle down over there.”
“Those, who coordinate and lead all of it, reside abroad in neighboring countries and even get some support from their governments,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced.