Belarus army on "high alert" amid Ukrainian terrorist threats
Shortly after Ukraine's destroying of bridges on the Belarusian border, Minsk's army is on high alert for any incoming threat.
Belarusian armed forces and special services are now on high alert to respond to any threats from neighboring states, announced Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei according to Russian newspaper Izvestia on Friday.
“The head of our country held a series of meetings with law enforcement agencies, and a counter-terrorist operation regime was introduced,” Makei said without revealing details.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko revealed Monday that he ordered the KGB - or the State Security Committee - to conduct the "necessary measures of a counter-terrorist nature."
“There was information that some neighboring countries were planning provocations, as far as involving the seizure of certain areas of the Belarusian territory,” Makei explained, saying that “no such signal should be left without an adequate response."
This week, Lukashenko declared that Belarus would form a joint security force with Russia to deal with Western and Ukrainian threats.
Officials have accused Kiev of blowing up infrastructure - most recently the border bridges on the Belarusian border - and sending swathes of soldiers along the Ukraine-Belarus border.
Kiev, according to Lukashenko, "is not just discussing, but is planning an attack on the territory of Belarus."
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Belarus' role in the conflict, as Minsk has stressed before, is limited to self-defense, denying Kiev the ability to “shoot Russians in the back from the territory of Belarus.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously urged leaders in the G7 to send "international observers" to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.
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