Selin ATAY-TDO-Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing some of the country's borders because of the threat coming from West.
Belarus President’s decision to close the borders with Poland and Lithuania in line with the president’s claim that the massive wave of protests is driven by the West. Also, Lukashenko’s decision on closing borders comes amid increasing criticism from the United States and the European Union.
The August 9 presidential election resulted in massive anti-government protest in which people say the results were manipulated in a way that it gave the authoritarian leader a six term in office.
Speaking at a women’s forum, "We are forced to withdraw troops from the streets, put the army on high alert, and close the state border on the West, primarily with Lithuania and Poland," Lukashenko said.
Emphasizing the border security, Lukashenko said Belarus' border with Ukraine would be strengthened.
"I don't want my country to be at war. Moreover, I don't want Belarus and Poland, Lithuania to turn into a theatre of military operations where our issues will not be resolved. Therefore, today in front of this hall of the most beautiful, advanced, patriotic people I want to appeal to the peoples of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine — stop your crazy politicians, don't let war break out," Belarus' President said.
He did not mention neighboring Latvia, which is another NATO member country like Poland and Lithuania.