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16 May 2022, 14:56

Lukashenko: Ukraine has completely fallen under the sway of the West

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MOSCOW, 16 May (BelTA) – Ukraine has completely come under the sway of the West, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow on 16 May, BelTA has learned.

“Today the agenda is dominated by the conflict around Ukraine. Since 2014, all of us have done everything possible to resolve it. In principle, everyone at this table is still ready to do it in any format,” the head of state said.

He pointed to the attempts to set Ukraine in motion, to provoke it, to poison it with nationalism, Nazism, and even fascism as the events in Odessa show (when people were burned alive). Russophobia was encouraged and weapons were supplied. “They poisoned them with everything they could,” the president said.

“After the Belarus election in August 2020, Ukraine completely came under the sway of the West regarding interaction with Belarus. Over the past two years, we have been constantly experiencing unfriendly actions on the part of our southern neighbor. Ukraine had introduced sanctions against us ahead of the others, that is before the West, including the Americans, did that. Ukraine was the first to do it. They closed the sky and the railway communication. After that they began to train militants and send them to us. Then the weapons were sent across the border. This is all known. Ukrainian drones conducted reconnaissance flights in the airspace of Belarus. The facts testifying to a threat to our national security are undeniable,” the Belarusian leader said.

“That is why we had every right to use the support mechanism within the framework of our alliance with Russia. Even before the start of Russia's military operation, Belarus drew attention to the unjustified growth of the military presence of the West in Ukraine and in the region as a whole. We said and warned more than once that a conflict was looming,” the Belarusian leader noted.

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