Risk of military incidents on the border between Belarus and Ukraine quite high: Lukashenko | War news between Russia and Ukraine

The president also said an “apocalypse” could result if Russia used nuclear weapons in retaliation for Western actions.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the risk of military incidents along his country’s border with Ukraine was quite high, according to Russian state news agency RIA.

Belarus had moved several combat-ready battalions from the Vitebsk region, located on the border with Russia, to the country’s western border, he said on Thursday, as deputies of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly (VNS) unanimously approved a new adopted military doctrine. emphasizing that Belarus is a peace-loving country.

Lukashenko added that neighboring Poland – in the west of the country – should not expect aggressive actions from Belarus, the report said.

The updated document lists the countries where the threats come from, the range of internal and external threats to military security and the position on the use of tactical nuclear weapons, the report said, without elaborating on the countries mentioned.

Lukashenko, a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly raised the dangers of an attack by NATO or Ukraine as justification for keeping his military and security apparatus on constant alert.

The military doctrine stated Belarus’ willingness to act as a platform for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and its openness to cooperation in the military field with all states, including NATO, RIA reported.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko addresses the Belarusian People’s Congress in Minsk (Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus/Handout via Reuters)

Russian state news agency TASS quoted Lukashenko as saying an “apocalypse” could occur if Russia used nuclear weapons in retaliation for Western actions.

Russia has deployed tactical nuclear weapons, missiles and troops in the country.

During Thursday’s VNS meeting, Lukashenko claimed that the opposition planned to seize a district in the west of the country and request support from NATO forces, RIA said.

“I don’t know why they chose Kobrin district, they talk about it a lot. (They plan) to seize it… and call on NATO to deploy troops,” Lukashenko claimed.

It was not clear whether he had provided any evidence of such a plan. All of the country’s main opposition figures are in prison or forced into exile.