MINSK DISTRICT, 25 February (BelTA) – It is unlikely Ukraine will open a second front in Transdniestria. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement while talking to reporters in the sports center Raubichi on 25 February, BelTA has learned.
While talking to the president, the reporters mentioned Transdniestria as another potential flash point in the region. Warnings about a possible provocation, about the concentration of hardware at the Ukrainian-Moldovan border have already been seen in the media space. The reporters wondered whether Aleksandr Lukashenko truly believes Ukraine would open the second front.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I don't believe it. It is simply disadvantageous for them. The West would love to resolve the problem with Russia in one blow and close this grey hole, as they say, and unite Moldova, push it into Romania or make it pro-Western. It is their goal. Ukrainians don't need it. I don't believe that Ukrainians will go crazy and will open some second front.”
At the same time Russian military personnel, hardware, and weapons are present in Transdniestria. They can strike back if things go south and then there will be hell to pay, the president remarked.
Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that the West exploits the situation in Transdniestria in order to destabilize the situation in the region. “Everything should be undermined. It is in interests of the West. I don't believe Ukrainians need it. If they open the second front over there, it will be quite fatal.”