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Belarus President warns of Foreign Troop Build-up, NATO Denies Charges

  • The 65-year old President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has ordered his defense minister on Saturday to undertake stringent measuring for defending the territorial integrity of the country. Lukashenko also alleged that “foreign powers” (referring NATO) are organizing a build-up of troops on the Belarusian border. He also accused NATO of trying to divide Belarus and install a new President in the country’s capital, Minsk. The Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (who has been ruling the country for more than 26 years) also said that the NATO troops in Lithuania and Poland are readying themselves for an attack on Belarus and that’s why he has decided of moving the armed forces of Belarus to its western border. However, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has denied Lukashenko’s allegations and went on to say that there is “no military build-up in the region” and there is “no threat to Belarus or any other country”. It also said that their posture is strictly defensive. President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda has told media that the Belarusian President is making such a statement because it wants to “divert attention from Belarus's internal problems at any cost” and he making up “imaginary external threats”. An official of Poland’s presidency has called Lukashenko’s claims as “sad and surprising” and categorically said that they don’t have any such intention on border destabilization of Belarus. Reports say that a large number of protesters are preparing themselves for a rally against Lukashenko in Minsk on Sunday.