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15 September 2020, 12:46

Defense Ministry: Poland, Lithuania contributed to destabilizing situation in Belarus

Oleg Voinov. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Defense Ministry
Oleg Voinov. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Defense Ministry

MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) – Poland and Lithuania have contributed to destabilizing the situation in Belarus, Chief of the International Military Cooperation Department of the Belarusian Defense Ministry, Aide for International Military Cooperation to the Defense Minister Major General Oleg Voinov said in the article published on the website of the Belarusian Defense Ministry, BelTA has learned.

“The ongoing activities aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, heightening tensions in the information space, and provoking mass unrest have strained the interstate relations. The European Union in general and our closest neighbors Poland and Lithuania in particular have contributed to this destructive process,” the article reads.

Poland is trying to act as “a center for consolidation of efforts to ensure security in the region”, Oleg Voinov believes. “We respect its position on ensuring security in the region. But we are surprised that it has harbored members of the Belarusian opposition. It is obvious that this negative process will be fueled and aggravated. We are concerned about their direct financial support for the destructive mass media outlets. This is the current state of affairs,” he noted.

In its turn, Lithuania is following the lead of politically and economically stronger countries, becoming their loudspeaker, Oleg Voinov believes. In the current difficult situation, this country opted for tensions and provocations, accusing Belarus of penetrating the Lithuanian air space. However, Lithuania failed to offer any evidence to prove the accusation.

The leaders of these countries were joined by politicians from brotherly Ukraine in their aim to “suggest” the Belarusian authorities “the right and effective” steps to handle the situation in the country.

“All these actions and statements of our neighbors have one goal – to sow discord within the Union State [of Belarus and Russia] and disrupt the Belarusian-Russian relations in all fields. According to a number of politicians and analysts, the current situation greatly resembles the so-called Ukrainian scenario of 2014,” Oleg Voinov added.

He does not rule out a possibility that the political issues might affect the international military cooperation, despite the fact that Belarus sticks to the plans to conduct tactical events with Poland and Lithuania.

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