The Moscow-ally and President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko on Friday has announced that, “we do not need war.” Lukashenko said this just days after his nation created a joint military force with Russia, raising fears of a direct intervention in the conflict in Ukraine.
“Today, we have no intention of going anywhere, “Lukashenko said during a visit to a military training centre in the Western region of Belarus. “There is no war at this stage. We don’t need it.”
During a visit to the west of the nation, Lukashenko (68) was able to see drones made in Belarus, according to the images broadcast on television. However, the Belarusian leader said he had no intention at this stage of using them against his Ukrainian neighbour.
“It is not desirable that these models fight in Ukraine, ” said Lukashenko, while mentioning that Belarus would sell the drones “to those who wish to buy them.”
An ally of Russia, Belarus served as a rear base for the Russian army in their offensive against Ukraine in late February, but the Belarusian army has not taken part in battling on Ukrainian territory so far. Minsk has also claimed that the joint army force launched with Moscow in recent days has only a defensive purpose.
Kyiv has repeatedly warned Minsk about the retaliation that would result from sending Belarusian troops to Ukraine.