Border tensions escalate: Ukraine and Belarus at brink of conflict

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine and Belarus have not been on good terms, especially since the Belarusian President sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

by Sead Dedovic
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Border tensions escalate: Ukraine and Belarus at brink of conflict
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Independence Day in Belarus differs in many ways from earlier days of the country's statehood. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko recently held a meeting with military leadership, aware of the threat posed by Ukraine. After Ukrainians stationed their forces near the Belarusian border, Lukashenko does not want to sit calmly and watch such developments grow. 

He is ready to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of Belarusian citizens. Lukashenko emphasized in a media interview that Belarusian forces are prepared and will provide an adequate response if the situation demands it.

"Soldiers of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces are in high combat readiness, and missile systems Iskander and Polonez are deployed in this area," stated Lukashenko.

Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin© Alexander Vilf/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images
 

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine and Belarus have not been on good terms, especially since the Belarusian President sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko had no hesitation in choosing his side, and his positive relationship with Putin has frustrated Ukrainians, who once viewed Belarus as a friend. 

Lukashenko further stated that border guards have been reinforced to secure the state border. He is prepared to take all measures and respond appropriately. 

Conflict on the border with Ukraine is the last thing Lukashenko wants. 

On the other hand, Zelenskyy has not made specific statements regarding this situation. The Ukrainian leader maintains a neutral stance, observing the situation calmly, likely knowing what he hopes to achieve with such moves. Ukrainians are angered by Belarusians who have supported Russia since the start of the war.

"The special operations forces are also deployed. There are no red lines for Minsk. In case of aggression, there will be strikes with all types of weapons on specific targets. We can handle this and will not allow any conflicts on the border with Ukraine. We don't need them," stated the Belarusian President.

The military leadership of Belarus confirms the words of the Belarusian president, stressing that there is an enormous tension on the border between Belarus and Ukraine.

Press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov reacts

The Russians want to present themselves again as partners, and Dmitry Peskov emphasized in one of the conferences that the concentration of Ukrainian troops on the Belarusian border is a red alert not only for Minsk but also for Moscow. The Russians aim to be excellent partners and are ready to come to aid when it is most crucial.

  
"This is a cause for concern not only for Minsk but also for Moscow because we are indeed allies and partners," Dmitry Peskov said, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.

In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov speaks during a briefing
In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov speaks during a briefing© Handout / Getty Images
 

Russia and Belarus have been in contact for a long time, and it seems that they will remain so in the coming period. Russia is carefully listening to the events on the Belarusian border, ready to come to the aid of this country. Constant dialogues between these two countries could be a guarantee for peace, but that remains to be seen.

"Belarus is a union state, and we have special formats of dialogue between all relevant departments, including special services. Our defense ministries are in constant contact,"- he continued.

Peskov also confirmed what he said earlier: Vladimir Putin is open to communication and dialogue, intending to achieve the goal together. His views will not change when it comes to Belarus. The Russian leader is ready to come to the aid of Lukashenko and his people.

Press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov also referred to NATO, which is apparently closed to Russia, given the events in Ukraine. NATO refused to permit a Russian journalist to be part of the summit that is being held from July 9 to 11 in Washington. Peskov stresses that this threatens the rights of journalists and that NATO thereby demonstrates a discriminatory policy aimed at the media.

"This decision infringes on the rights of media representatives and indicates that NATO resorts to discriminatory policies towards the media. This is absolutely unacceptable and contradicts all norms and principles of information openness and transparency,"- he said.

The Russians are closely monitoring the situation not only in Belarus but worldwide, aware that the threat from adversaries is growing day by day. NATO is directed against Russia, and NATO member states have expressed readiness to support Ukraine to the last moment. 

This situation does not favor Putin or his government, which could face important challenges. Peskov admitted that Russia is closely monitoring events in France and their parliamentary elections, and will also pay great attention to the UN Security Council, which commenced two days ago. Balancing relations with major countries has become difficult, especially since the invasion of Ukraine, which does not work in their favor.

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