Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko denied holding power on Tuesday, asserting that he wanted to avoid the dismemberment of the country while ruling out the possibility of “civil war” as a result of the crisis opened by his re-election.
“The only thing that worries me is one thing: I want to protect something that we have built in the last quarter of a century with my own hands,” said the president, according to the official BelTA agency. “That’s what worries me, not power,” like those who accuse him of “holding onto power until his fingers turn blue,” he added.
“I don’t want my country to fall to pieces” because “I built it on the ruins of an empire,” he stressed, emphasizing that it would be “a massacre”, “it would be much worse than what’s in the Ukraine happened. “
The president, who has been in power since 1994, was referring to the protests that forced the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014. Then a conflict broke out in the east of the country, and Russia also annexed Crimea.