President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the law enforcement agencies to better guard the state border, calling to close “every meter of it. This was reported by BelTA on Thursday, August 5.
“Starting from today not a single foot on the territory of Belarus from the neighboring side, be it from the south or from the west, should step there. How you are going to do it – we will discuss it after this meeting – meet with the Secretary of State. Close every meter of the border,” said the Belarusian leader during a meeting on the situation on the border.
He stressed that the people of Belarus should feel calm and protected.
“We have invested huge amounts of money in the Border Troops, in our general security forces for a reason. Our people should feel calm, they should know that there are men who are ready to protect them. That’s what we must do. Elementary,” Lukashenko pointed out.
According to him, Belarus reserves the right to retaliate if the neighboring states “start implementing the tactics of expulsion of people they have called there through the official checkpoints.
“You know the consequences, they do too. So let them think. We have warned them, let them think,” added the head of the state.
The day before it became known that Belarusian border guards found a man of eastern appearance in a serious condition near the Lithuanian border; he died during the first aid. Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas called these reports Minsk’s provocation.
August 2, Head of the State Border Guard Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania, General Rustamas Liubaevas said that the country’s frontier posts on the border with Belarus were overcrowded with illegal migrants.
At the same time on the same day Andrei Savinykh, head of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Belarusian parliament, noted in his conversation with “Izvestia” that Lithuania is trying to portray itself as a victim of imaginary aggression in order to get additional funding from the European Union. According to him, the migration crisis in Europe actually began at least five years ago.
For his part Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda stated that the country needs all-round help of the European Union because of the migration crisis. According to him, the events on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border are a “hybrid attack on Lithuania, financed by the Belarusian regime.