Self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko wants guarantees that Moscow will defend his country in the event of an attack on it, just as it defends its own territory.
Lukashenka told Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a meeting in Minsk on Monday, the state-run BelTA news agency quoted him as saying.
According to Lukashenka, he had previously discussed the issue of protection with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, he said, agreed with him that such guarantees were necessary and should be formalized.
"He (Putin - Ed.) absolutely supported me in all areas. And he said we need to review all our treaties and agreements, Belarus and Russia, to see what interstate legal act should be adopted now to ensure the complete security of Belarus," Lukashenka said.
"In general, it sounded like this at the talks: in the event of aggression against Belarus, the Russian Federation will defend Belarus as its own territory. That's the kind of security guarantees we need," the self-proclaimed president of Belarus added.
Author - Olena Madiak, 10/04/2023