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06 December 2021, 14:11

Lukashenko: There can be no opposition from among fugitives in Belarus

Aleksandr Lukashenko
Aleksandr Lukashenko

MINSK, 6 December (BelTA) – There must be no opposition from among fugitives in Belarus. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he authorized the appointment of heads of municipal government agencies on 6 December, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus is in the center of a global standoff, this is why the West will continue working to destabilize the situation in the country. “A chain from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea is an old concept of our enemies and opponents. They simply chose this moment, calculated that now they can complete the belt from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea or the sanitary cordon as it was called in the past,” the Belarusian leader said.

In his words, instead of a simple sanitary cordon the West intended to deploy NATO forces last year. “They wanted to get closer to Smolensk and create a block, not a sanitary cordon between Europe and Russia. They want a powerful block, no sanitary cordon. They need a huge staging area in order to pin Russia against the Ural mountains and begin their pressure and an assault on Russia,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

The Belarusian leader explained: “We happen to be a protrusion, a balcony in this concept. They wanted to cut it off by force last year. They failed. So they are building up efforts systematically and purposefully. Another clash has happened this year. The pandemic and the rest facilitate it. Another failure. Reorganization is in progress now.”

Inserting their people into the government is the essence of this reorganization. “Via certain structures (I am not going to name them) they are starting carefully reformatting the opposition wing in Belarus. They are looking for someone to bet on and rely on. They have found someone Russia can tolerate, they believe (everything is written in the West), someone the West can control absolutely,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Their reliance on fugitives is the idea.”

Such a scheme is absolutely unacceptable for Belarus, the head of state stressed. He emphasized it for Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko, who takes care of personnel selection and recruitment. “There can be no opposition from among fugitives in Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “If you run away, stay there. If you manage to come back, you can become part of the society somehow but not the government. Their key purpose now is to drag their people into the government.”

“I cannot say we've weeded out all of them yet, all the oppositionists, white-red-white people, and so on. You will still have to take a closer look at these people,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

Addressing heads of municipal government agencies, the president pointed out that they have to clearly see and understand who they are working with. It is particularly important for such regions as, for instance, Brest and Minsk. “Many former government employees, who have fled the country and now pour fake news from abroad, and those, who fled but are in hiding, understand that a wave is once again needed in order to infiltrate us,” the Belarusian leader noted. “Be careful with selecting personnel for your teams, for the government agencies you will have to run.”

“But I am telling you once again: be careful. There is no need for a witch hunt. There is no need to see everyone as enemy. There were plenty of misled people after all,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

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