MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) - The Armed Forces have been ordered to target decision-making centers, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting in the run-up to Independence Day in Minsk on 2 July, BelTA has learned.
"I would like to warn the hardliners and I tell you frankly that a little less than a month ago I gave an order to the Armed Forces to target decision-making centers in your capitals with all the ensuing consequences," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
"If only you dare to strike, as they are planning, at Gomel in the south, or Mozyr oil refinery, the airport, the airfield in Luninets or Brest, the response will be immediate. In one second! We have something to answer with. I mean not only what we talked about recently with the Russian president [about nuclear weapons]. I've been preparing for this for a long time. Remember, I told you: Polonez, rockets and so on. You are absolutely within reach of these missiles. I'm not going to look at who's sitting there in offices or palaces. We will respond decisively!" the President emphasized.
The head of state noted that he is not saber-rattling. "I don't rattle. I've warned them. Let them think. It's my function as President to defend my land. We don't scare anyone in any way. We do not want Suwalki Gap or anything. There is no need to blackmail us. Do not touch us, and we will not touch you," Aleksandr Lukashenko warned.