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Belarus: Lukashenko calls for stronger border controls with NATO countries
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Belarus: Lukashenko calls for stronger border controls with NATO countries

Belarus, Grodno
August 22, 2020 at 17:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called for strict controls on Belarus's borders with neighbouring NATO countries while speaking at a rally of his supporters, in Grodno, on Saturday.

“I instruct the Western operational command to take strict control of the movement of all military units of NATO's neighbouring countries,” he noted.

The president also instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the KGB to ensure order in the country’s regions over the weekend, according to him it is necessary to "identify carefully all instigators and provocateurs.”

During his speech, Lukashenko called to close all the striking factories “if the company does not work” from Monday, adding “When people will cool down, we will figure out who to invite to this company later."

Lukashenko also denounced calls to remove the Russian language from the country, adding “Let people speak the language they want. that’s how it always been."

The Belarusian president commented on violence against police, saying that “even if they were wrong somewhere, forgive them,” and not to use force against them.

Lukashenko went on saying that he believes if he was not the president, for now, people would “no longer be the owners of this square, and we would be broken, crumbled.”

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election on August 9 that saw five-term incumbent Lukashenko re-elected.

Belarus: Lukashenko calls for stronger border controls with NATO countries
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called for strict controls on Belarus's borders with neighbouring NATO countries while speaking at a rally of his supporters, in Grodno, on Saturday.

“I instruct the Western operational command to take strict control of the movement of all military units of NATO's neighbouring countries,” he noted.

The president also instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the KGB to ensure order in the country’s regions over the weekend, according to him it is necessary to "identify carefully all instigators and provocateurs.”

During his speech, Lukashenko called to close all the striking factories “if the company does not work” from Monday, adding “When people will cool down, we will figure out who to invite to this company later."

Lukashenko also denounced calls to remove the Russian language from the country, adding “Let people speak the language they want. that’s how it always been."

The Belarusian president commented on violence against police, saying that “even if they were wrong somewhere, forgive them,” and not to use force against them.

Lukashenko went on saying that he believes if he was not the president, for now, people would “no longer be the owners of this square, and we would be broken, crumbled.”

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election on August 9 that saw five-term incumbent Lukashenko re-elected.

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