President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that bringing the main parts of the armed forces to full combat readiness and transferring troops to the Western direction was his “most serious decision in a quarter of a century”. This is reported by Sputnik.
According to Lukashenko, now he is most concerned about the external factor. “We see serious movement of NATO troops in the immediate vicinity of our borders on the territory of Poland and Lithuania,” the Belarusian leader said.
He also stressed that instead of dealing with the economy and pressing problems, he has to pay attention to the stabilization of the situation.
Alexander Lukashenko announced the decision to put troops on alert on August 18. It was emphasized that the units are fully ready to fulfill their obligations, despite the fact that many were involved in the suppression of protests.
The protests in Belarus continue for the second week, they began after the announcement of the official results of the presidential election, according to which Lukashenko won more than 80 percent of the vote. Protesters are dispersed with rubber bullets, batons, water cannons, tear gas, and stun grenades. The protesters use flares, paving stones and Molotov cocktails.