MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – In the event of aggression against Belarus from the territory of Ukraine, the war will take on a completely different nature, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with Chinese media on 23 February, BelTA has learned.
“We don't want any war. Moreover, the Ukrainians are our kin people. My ancestors were born in Ukraine somewhere between Chernigov and Kiev. It is part of my family history. Therefore, we have absolutely no intentions to attack Ukraine. But God forbid aggression against the Belarusian state is committed from the territory of Ukraine. In this case we will be forced to respond. And I am sure that if this happens we will receive support from the entire international community, including the People's Republic of China. We communicate this through various channels to Ukraine, including to the West. I warned them that if the territory of Belarus is attacked from the territory of Ukraine, we will respond, but it will be a completely different war. It will instantly take on a different character. We will resist and defend our land and fight against the aggressor, including together with the troops of the Russian Federation. Together,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“In recent days we have not spotted any significant military build up on the territory of Poland, or Lithuania, or especially Ukraine that would look like preparations to drag us into the war. We positively assess this,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.