MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – The West has come up with a slimy bit of fake news about Russia's intention to attack Ukraine. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in a recent interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “They've invented a slimy idea that Russia wants to attack Ukraine. Concentrated fake news. Listen, it is a special operation. Today it is one of the prongs of the hybrid war. They take photos of totally different territories where forces of the Belarusian-Russian military group are concentrated and present it as an armored fist targeting Ukraine. They've spread it all over the world in order to justify their actions.”
The head of state remarked that meanwhile the West understands that at the same time it is necessary to distract the Belarusian army and keep it tense on all fronts while Russia allegedly invades Ukraine. “This is why they have started these military exercises in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. What am I to do as the commander-in-chief? I cannot fall for provocations but I also have to foresee what may happen in order to avoid a repeat of 1941. Stalin would tell everyone: don't fall for provocations, don't go for it, signals were sent by the Kremlin when the war was actually starting here. This is why I am forced to have plans and forces, units of the Belarusian army, which will respond to any attempt to create a conflict here – at the border of the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine,” the president said.