GRODNO, 20 October (BelTA) – The confrontation on the part of Western countries started to build up a year ago, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said as he met with the staff of Grodno Azot and ideologists of Grodno organizations to brief them on ongoing military and political developments in Belarus and abroad, BelTA has learned.
“A year ago, we saw growing tension in the confrontation between Western countries and countries that do not want to give up their sovereignty and become colonies of the Western civilization. Repeated calls of the Republic of Belarus were ignored by the authorities of European states. The Belarusian president put forward a series of peace initiatives. In other words, all attempts to appeal to reason were fruitless. There were deliberate attempts to build up tension,” Viktor Khrenin said.
He went on saying: “Under the guise of handling the migrant crisis, three out of four large Polish formations were amassed near the border with the Republic of Belarus. Simultaneously, more forces were sent to the Ukraine-Belarus border under the guise of drills where Belarus was designated as an enemy. In fact, the West was openly demonstrating its readiness to unleash aggression against Belarus.” Viktor Khrenin noted that it is predictable that the tension proceeded into a hot phase.