MINSK, 4 August (BelTA) – Information has been received about another militant group that has been inserted into Belarus. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement in his address to the nation and the parliament on 4 August, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Today I've received information about another militant group that has been redeployed to the south. Why do we have to run around in forests trying to catch them when the harvest campaign is in full swing? Yet we will catch all of them.”
The head of state also made a few comments about some conspiracy theories concerning the recent arrest of 33 members of the Wagner private military company in Belarus. In his words, he was amazed by ongoing Internet discussions because people make strange conclusions. “Some even go as far as to claim that the two presidents have conspired to arrange it,” he cited an example. “It is a very dangerous and strong signal. And all of that about Istanbul, Venezuela, Africa, and Libya is lies. These people have testified that they had been sent specifically to Belarus. They were told to wait. Tickets to Istanbul are part of the legend because when they were crossing the Russian border, they had to demonstrate there and here that they were on their way to Istanbul.”
The president wondered why anyone would fly to Istanbul or some other African country via Belarus. “They could have flown from Novorossiysk or Crimea after all. A short trip to Istanbul. Why via Belarus? To Libya or someplace else. Don't listen to these lies,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president stressed that certain laws are in effect in Belarus and the neighboring country is aware of it. “A law is a law. You may not like it but you have to observe it. You will face the law regardless of whether you know the law or not. We've treated these guys humanely and have received a certain effect: they've told us everything. This is why stop lying and mixing up things in mass media,” Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed authors of the conspiracy theories. “We are one family – Belarusians, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and Jews. We've always lived here in peace. Don't you dare plant weapons here. Don't you blow up the situation because the flame will be so big that even people in Vladivostok will feel it.”