Armed forces of the Russian Federation against Ukraine will not be stationed on the territory of Belarus, announced Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during his participation in the inauguration of President Petro Poroshenko, reported Radio Svoboda, June 7.
Lukashenko expressed his views while answering questions posed by Radio Svoboda. “Ukrainians will never fight against us, and isn’t this enough for us? This is why no armed forces will be deployed on Belarusian territory — not those of NATO, or Russia, or Poland. This is what I promised the President of Ukraine, and this is what I did,” he said.
Lukashenko added that Belarus has not strengthened the border with Ukraine and sees no danger from this neighboring country.
“We are not at war with Ukraine. No forces against Ukraine have been stationed or will be stationed in Belarus. With the exception of individual sites, we have not even strengthened the border with Ukraine. We’re not afraid of Ukrainians. Our brothers live here. As for the border oblasts, even in Western Ukraine, we have never had any problems there,” he said.
Belarus is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which is a military-political union that includes Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
As has been reported, on Saturday, June 7, Petro Poroshenko took the oath of office as president of Ukraine. Delegations from dozens of countries attended the inauguration.
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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