“When it comes to the military component, we have an agreement with Russia within the framework of the union state and the organization of the Collective Security Agreement. It is precisely these moments that correspond to this agreement. Therefore, today with the President of Russia [Vladimiru Putinu] I had a long, detailed conversation about the situation. I must say, I was even a little surprised – absolutely aware of what is happening, “Lukashenko said.
The President was quoted as saying by the Belarusian official news agency BelTA.
“We agreed with him: at our first request, comprehensive assistance will be provided to guarantee the security of the Republic of Belarus,” the president said.
In this context, Mr Lukashenko mentioned the reinforcement of the military component in Poland and Lithuania, where NATO military exercises are taking place.
“What worries me most is the situation in our neighbors, Poland and Lithuania. There, as far as we know, there is military training for NATO armies. It would be nothing but an escalation and an increase in the armed component. We cannot, of course, follow it calmly. And when I spoke early in the morning and listened to the report of the Chief of General Staff, I noticed: “Our soldiers are also concerned about this problem,” he said.
The Telegram app channel Pul Pervogo, close to Lukashenko’s press service, and the Kremlin’s press service have previously reported that the presidents of Belarus and Russia discussed the situation in Belarus in a telephone conversation on Saturday.
“Lukashenko and Putin spoke on the phone. They discussed the situation in and around Belarus,” Pul Pervogo reported.
As the Kremlin’s press service summed up the talks, Putin and Lukashenko have expressed confidence that all problems will be resolved soon.
“Alexander Lukashenko informed about the situation in Belarus after the presidential election. Both sides expressed confidence that all problems will soon be resolved. The main thing is not to use these destructive forces to the detriment of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. Putin ‘s press service said in a statement.
“The recent transfer of 32 Russian citizens detained in Belarus to Russia was praised for the close involvement of the relevant authorities,” in the preparation of terrorist attacks and in efforts to destabilize the election.
Lukashenko wanted to contact Putin to discuss the situation in Belarus, as he sees a threat not only to Belarus but also to Russia, Belarus’s official news agency BelTA reported.
According to Lukashenko, the protests in Belarus are organized according to the “methodology of color revolutions” with foreign intervention, Radio Freedom reports.
The Belarusian leader has previously spoken out without mentioning any evidence that people from Poland, the Netherlands and Ukraine are intervening, as well as people from Putin’s critic and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia Foundation and Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny.
Lukashenko’s earlier accusations that the riots in Belarus were prepared by Russia’s “Wagnerians” have completely disappeared from Belarus’s official media in recent days, Radio Freedom said.
Putin has not yet commented on the results of the presidential election in Belarus, but sent a telegram to Lukashenko.
According to official information, Putin and Lukashenko last spoke before the election and then decided directly on the fate of the detained “Wagnerians”.
Russian official media and commentators loyal to the Kremlin have different views on events in Belarus, with some supporting Lukashenko and condemning the protests, while others criticizing and pointing to police violence.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented cautiously on the events.
According to the official results of the presidential election in Belarus on August 9, the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1% of the vote, while opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska won 10.1%, but the opposition believes the election results are fake and Tikhanovska has won the election.
Protests against electoral fraud and President Lukashenko, who have often escalated into protests by security forces, have continued in the capital, Minsk, since Sunday. During the protests, several thousand people were detained and several hundred were injured. Workers in many companies have gone on strike.