On Tuesday, self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko spoke about his role in resolving the situation around the Wagner uprising in Russia.
Lukashenka's statements were quoted by the Belarusian state news agency BELTA.
Lukashenko, who played an intermediary role between the parties to the rebellion in Russia, said that when the events in Russia took place, he ordered the army to be put on full combat alert.
"My position is that if Russia collapses, we will be left under the rubble, everyone will die," Lukashenko said.
He said that in no case should he be made a hero.
"Neither I, nor Putin, nor Prigozhin, because we missed the situation, and then we thought it would resolve, but it did not. And two people who fought at the front clashed. There are no heroes in this case," the Belarusian dictator said.
He noted that "if there was a turmoil, the West would instantly take advantage of it."
"Today we clearly see a new wave of NATO expansion and unprecedented capacity building of the alliance member states in the region, including in the immediate vicinity of our borders. Demonstration after demonstration is a demonstration of strength," Lukashenko said.
Author - Olena Madiak, 27/06/2023