Lukashenko said there is no threat to the West because of the exercises in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko: exercises in Belarus threaten no one, the West can sleep peacefully Belarus began testing its rapid reaction forces on May 4. President Alexander Lukashenko assured that the country, checking the readiness of the troops, does not threaten anyone and is not going to do this

Checking the rapid reaction forces of the Belarusian army does not pose a threat to anyone, in the West “they can sleep peacefully” ;, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in an interview with The Associated Press.

“We do not threaten anyone, we are not going to threaten and we will not do so. Moreover, we cannot threaten— we know who is opposing us, so to unleash some kind of conflict here, some kind of war <…> absolutely not in the interests of the Belarusian state. So the West can sleep peacefully,— said the Belarusian president.

On May 4, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced the start of a sudden check of the readiness of the reaction forces. During the inspection, military units and subunits will be put on alert, make marches and perform combat training tasks. At the same time, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense stated that “the ongoing activities <…> do not pose any threat either to the European community as a whole, or to neighboring countries in particular.

Belarus also announced participation in the verification of a “significant amount of military equipment”, the photo published by the Ministry of Defense shows moving along the roads armored vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

The last time the exercises in Belarus were held from February 10 to 20, they were joint Russian-Belarusian and were called “Allied Resolve-2022”. At that time, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the exercises were carried out “as part of an inspection of the response forces of the Union State.”

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In the early morning of February 24, Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense stated that during its implementation, the military does not strike at civilian targets. In Ukraine, they said that Russia was conducting a special operation “with the support of Belarus.” Lukashenko said in response that the Belarusian troops do not take any part in the Russian special operation.

On February 25, Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin that the Belarusian armed forces ensure the security of the western borders of the Union State in the context of the buildup of NATO forces in the east.

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