MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke about Belarus' role in Russia's special military operation in an interview to NBC on the sidelines of the CIS summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on 14 October, BelTA has learned.
The president was asked whether Belarus was going to join Russia's special military operation. “We, as I said it many times, are taking part in the military operation in a way that we support Russia in every possible way. Our support lies in the fact that our Western borders with Poland and Lithuania were not violated, so Russian troops were not stabbed in the back via Belarus. That's how it has been since the very beginning,” the head of state said.
“Our role is as follows: we care for Russia's wounded and take on Ukrainian refugees. We admit some 400-500 Ukrainians a day. They have equal rights with Belarusians here. This is our role,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “But we are not killing anyone there, and we are not planning to kill anyone there. Firstly, no one, and I mean Russia here, is asking us to take part in this operation. And we are not going to do it. We have always said this. Apparently, you do not want to hear us. Well, it is your business,” he said.