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29 November 2021, 11:27

Lukashenko: West is spreading fake news about Russia's plans to attack Ukraine

MINSK, 29 November (BelTA) - The West has been spreading fake news about Russia's plans to attack Ukraine, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting on military security in the strategic control center of the Defense Ministry on 29 November, BelTA has learned.

“Once again our ‘partners', as Russia calls them, our rivals, as I said, enemies are trying to make Russia toe the line. That was why they came up with an idea that Russia is going to attack Ukraine. If it is true – present evidence,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president believes, however, that the West will not bother to provide any convincing arguments in support of its statements. This, he says, can be seen in relation to Belarus, which has been accused of creating a migration crisis. “We can see it in their attitude to Belarus: They say Belarus has brought migrants from Somalia and pushing them through the border. I have already said that there are only a few Somalis in Belarus. They want neither to hear nor listen to this,” the head of state said.

“This is why they are starting an active campaign against the Russian Federation under the guise that it is ‘going to attack Ukraine'. I have no such information about Russia's plans to attack Ukraine. If there were such plans, the Belarusian military, including me, would know about it. We would have been informed. But I say again: you need to present evidence. They understand very well that if they again start a war in the Donbass or somewhere on the border with Russia, Belarus will not stand aside. It is clear whose side Belarus will be on. They understand it and this is why they began to reinforce their northern, Belarusian-Ukrainian border. Although, there is no reason to do this today. It is absolutely quiet there, it is even calmer than before. Nonetheless, they are deploying their military contingent there and announce it frankly. It is about 8,000 soldiers now. You know very well what is going on at the western border with Poland and the Baltics,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

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