NUSADAILY.COM – MOSCOW – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (17/9) said that his party must close borders with Poland and Lithuania, and increase security at the border with Ukraine.
The government of Belarus is currently facing a political crisis after Lukashenko won the presidential election again on August 9, 2020. However, the victory of Lukashenko, who has been in office since 1994, was met by a series of protests accusing the president of rigging the presidential election results.
Lukashenko denied the allegations and said he won the presidential election honestly and fairly. The President said he was a victim of black campaigns by Western countries.
“We are forced to withdraw troops from the streets and put half of the force on standby, as well as close the borders with Western countries, and first with Lithuania and Poland,” Lukashenko said while addressing the women’s forum in Minsk.
“We regret to announce that we are forced to increase security at the border with a friendly country, Ukraine,” he said.
Poland had not Received Official Notification of the Closure of the Border
Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller, via text message, said Poland had not received official notification of the closure of the border.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski, when interviewed via text message, said: “We accept this problem as another form of propaganda and an attempt to psychologically play the masses so that they think as if there is a threat from abroad,” Jablonski said.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs when interviewed by the official news agency, PAP, said activity at the border was normal.
Meanwhile, head of Lithuanian Border Security Rustamas Liubajevas said activity in the region with Belarus was proceeding as normal.
“We don’t know what it means (this announcement). Will they close borders to cargo, or people, or other parties? … We still have to wait and see what this announcement means and how it will be implemented, ”said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius. (cal)