The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Tuesday the deployment of combat units of the armed forces on the western border after criticism from other countries regarding the crisis after the elections, which, according to the president, are trying to “take power” at any cost by the opposition.
“They say: ‘We are peaceful, we are good, we don’t want any confrontation’. This is not entirely true. It is a smoke screen,” said Lukashenko, who has denounced in recent days that foreign interference was hidden behind the biggest wave stuck in recent demonstrations in Belarus.
The President has blamed the political opposition for denouncing fraud in the August 9 elections, forming a united front and proposing action against them “in accordance with the constitution”. “They are asking no more and no less that I hand over power to them (…). This is an attempt to seize power with all the consequences that come with it,” he warned, according to the official BelTA news agency.
Lukashenko chaired a meeting of the Belarusian Security Council on Tuesday to analyze the current situation “not only at home but also abroad”. In the last few days there have been embassies from European countries criticizing the Belarusian electoral process and the subsequent suppression of the protests.