MINSK, 1 December (BelTA) – There were plans to smuggle weapons from Ukraine to the refugees stranded in Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
According to the head of state, attempts to smuggle weapons from Ukraine to Belarus were made even earlier, after the presidential election. Back then they wanted to use it directly to eliminate the president, to organize terrorist acts (for example, an attack on the Russian military communication center in Vileika which was thwarted) and mount attacks on journalists.
According to the head of state, there was an attempt to traffic arms from the Donbass across the Russian border to Belarus. There was one attempt in two years to do it across Russia. All others went across the Ukrainian border. It started before the refugees. We have already shown the footage of the arms dumps on TV, we detained people," he said.
This time, Aleksandr Lukashenko said, the hope was that refugees would use weapons in response to the actions of the Polish security forces and that would start a conflict on the border. "The KGB did a great job. They learned about the plans to smuggle weapons at a time they were just hatching these plans. This is why we began to guard this camp," the head of state said. “I must say that a clash would have happened on the border with Lithuania and Poland a long time ago. Therefore, we have to guard this camp to make sure weapons from the combat zone, from Ukraine, does not make its way across the Ukrainian border into the territory of Belarus.”