In view of NATO military exercises in neighboring countries it is necessary to have plans and forces, units of the Belarusian army which will respond to any attempt to start a conflict here. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview….
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “So, they have started these military exercises in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. What am I to do as the commander-in-chief? I cannot fall for these provocations but I also have to foresee what may happen in order to avoid a repeat of 1941….This is why I am forced to have plans and forces, units of the Belarusian army, which will respond to any attempt to create a conflict here. At the border of the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine. Unfortunately, they even rushed ahead of even NATO forces, Ukrainians, as usual. They closed the skies for flights of Belarusian aircraft sooner than the European Union and Americans did. It is exactly the same here, too.”