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30 Oct 2015

Lukashenko: Belarus cannot but be affected by the crisis in Ukraine

MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) - Belarus cannot but be affected by the crisis in Ukraine, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during the conference for Belarusian army officers on 30 October, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, the existing geopolitical realities have a direct impact on Belarus. "Therefore, we should examine a number of the negative trends bearing some risks and challenges to our national security and thus requiring special attention and adequate responses. At the same time it is essential to take into account the peculiarities of the development of military-political situation in the East European region,” the President noted.

"First and foremost, our country cannot but be affected by the crisis in Ukraine. We know the people who were behind and who participated in the coup and the war that began afterwards,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The President stressed that the radical nationalist groups still active and have the potential. Here and there they try to use force to redistribute the spheres of influence in business. The crime rate and the uncontrolled spread of weapons have been rising. There have been the attempts to smuggle them into our territory.

Alexander Lukashenko believes that the obvious foreign political reorientation of Belarus’ southern neighbor towards the West may lead to the deployment of foreign troops on its territory.

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