according to station cnnIn a speech on 31 August, Mr Lukashenko described the above countries’ requests as “absurd and foolish”.
The Belarusian president also stressed that as long as Poland and the Baltic countries – which are all NATO members – keep foreign troops stationed on their territory, it is unacceptable to protest the presence of the military group’s members. Wanger (Russia) Privatization of the territory of Belarus is unfair – cna Quoting a report from the state news agency apply.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko – Photo: Reuters
Mr Lukashenko said: “They have gone so far as to demand Wagner’s immediate withdrawal from Belarus. But they are also increasing the military budget while concentrating large military forces on our border.”
The President of Belarus also condemned Poland’s decision in April to suspend conventional armed forces obligations in the Europe Treaty regarding Belarus.
“This is a dangerous step and we must continue to remind Polish leaders about it so that their decisions do not harm themselves,” Mr Lukashenko said.
Earlier this week, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania called on Belarus to immediately expel Wagner forces. Polish Internal Affairs Minister Mariusz Kaminski said on 18 August that these countries were committed to closing the border with Belarus if a serious incident occurred.
In early August, Poland announced the sending of about 10,000 troops to the border with Belarus, while Lithuania temporarily suspended operations at two border posts due to concerns about Wagner.
Belarus has said since late July that members of Wagner have been training the country’s special forces at a military level in an area just a few miles from the Polish border.
President Lukashenko said his army would benefit from this because Wagner’s army fought for Russia in the most dire conditions.