Controversial President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has said his military will not intervene directly in Russia’s war against Ukraine. It is not necessary.
Lukashenko made these statements at a meeting of former Soviet states in the Armenian capital.
However, in an interview shared by the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo, who is close to the Belarusian Presidency, he also said:
“If someone suddenly attacks us, you have no idea how we will react. We will no longer discuss the problem of a dirty or clean nuclear bomb. Not only Europe will tremble. I’m not just talking about us. I mean our agreements with Russia, our joint armed task force.”
Ruler Lukashenko is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two also like to play ice hockey together or against each other.
Russian troops are conducting airstrikes from Belarus – and Lukashenko is supplying the Russian army with tanks and other weapons.
Observers also noted the skepticism towards Vladimir Putin from several politicians at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) of former Soviet republics.
According to press reports, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (47) refused to sign the final document of the meeting – apparently because the CSTO did not stop Azerbaijan’s attack on his country. However, it was also seen as criticism of Vladimir Putin.