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Lukashenko on the Ukraine conflict: “If you want peace, prepare for war”

Status: 01/28/2022 2:06 pm

Once again Belarusian ruler Lukashenko has promised Moscow support in the Ukraine conflict. If necessary, they will fight alongside Russia. But sweet tones are coming from Moscow.

Martha Wilczynski, ART Studio Moscow

Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko stands on a platform directly behind him and looks at the packed hall of the Republic’s Minsk Palace. More than two and a half thousand people rose to the national anthem. It is rare for anyone to wear a mask. Lukashenko would later explain that the Belarusian corona is under control.

Martha Wilczynski
ARD Studio Moscow

Fight? Only when attacked

First, however, his address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly addresses another pressing issue: “Will there be war or not? Yes, there will be, but only in two cases: if there is a direct occupation of Belarus. When our ally the Russian Federation is attacked and a similar aggression is carried out against Russia. “

The regime also raises the question of whether there will be Russian troops in Belarusian territory. According to Lukashenko, if the occupation occurs, hundreds of thousands of Russian and Belarusian soldiers will fight side by side.

Collective maneuvers: Russia and Belarus

Russia has already assembled units of its S-400 air defense system to Belarus and the so-called joint solution is scheduled for mid-February.

The U.S. State Department had already sent warning words to Minsk earlier this week. They will “respond decisively” if Belarus takes part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As Lukashenko intensifies – at least rhetorically – more and more often, especially in the eyes of his southern neighbor.

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“We will bring Ukraine back”

“It is important for the West to drown the Russian-Ukrainian brotherhood and our Slavic brotherhood in blood,” Lukashenko said. “But brotherhood is more important than artificial insults and political aspirations. Although some may not like it: we will bring our Ukraine back to the chests of our Slavs.”

Lukashenko makes such messages clear, targeting the West. Belarus does not want a war, he insists again and again. The Belarusian people have suffered enough in the past. But the rule in Minsk: “If you want peace, get ready for war.”

Lavrov: “Do not allow attacks on our interests”

Margarita Simonian, editor-in-chief of the RT in Moscow, about 700 kilometers away, wants to know from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov if war will break out. After the US and NATO submitted their responses to Russia’s demands for security guarantees, and after rejecting the most important things in the Kremlin’s view, the chief diplomat invited several media outlets for an interview: there would be no fundamental impediment to Ukraine’s entry. As Moscow demanded the withdrawal of NATO troops.

If it goes to Russia, there will be no war, Lavrov replied: “We do not want a war. But we will not allow any serious attacks on our interests, and our interests will be ignored.”

Nonetheless, there are elements that allow more dialogue in the response of NATO and the USA, and that it is “better than anything”.

The submitted documents are now being scrutinized in detail by the Russian side and plans for responses are being prepared. According to Lavrov, the final decision will be made by the Russian president.