MINSK, October 10. /TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that it would be absolutely senseless for Ukraine to open a second front on the Belarusian border, but the West is pushing it towards starting such a war.
"I have already said that Ukraine today it is not just discussing but planning strikes on Belarusian territory. Of course, the Ukrainians absolutely do not need this. Well, why should they open a second front on our southern borders - on their northern ones? From the military point of view this is madness," the BelTA news agency quotes Lukashenko as saying at a meeting on security issues.
"Nevertheless, the process has begun. They are being pushed by their patrons towards unleashing a war against Belarus in order to drag us into it and to deal with Russia and Belarus simultaneously."
Lukashenko recalled that he had warned about the threats on the western border at the very beginning of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. He promised that Belarus would not permit anyone to stab the Russian forces in the back.
"I was very well aware then that the most dangerous direction for us is the western one. If we had left it unprotected, a war would be on our doorstep today. But we preferred to keep our armed forces there. Moreover, we strengthened the western direction," Lukashenko said.
He stressed that the latest events on the Crimean bridge indicated a significant increase in the level of terrorist threat.
"They are ready to fight with everyone now," Lukashenko added.