Concerns are growing that Belarus might enter Russia’s war against Ukraine as Belarus has accused Ukraine of planning to attack them.
The ambassador for Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk, Ihor Kyzym, was given a diplomatic note by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday that accused Ukraine of “planning an attack on the territory of Belarus.”
Ukrainian officials published a statement in response saying, “This information does not correspond to reality. We categorically reject yet another insinuation of the Belarusian regime.” The Ukrainians also warned that they “do not rule out that the handing over of the diplomatic note may be part of the plan of the Russian Federation to carry out a provocation to further accuse Ukraine.”
The diplomatic note is not the first accusation that Belarus has made against Ukraine.
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Anatoly Lappo, chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus has been accusing Ukrainians of harassing Belarusian border guards stating, “We are under pressure, they are aiming at our border guards, sometimes they are shooting in the air, constant aerial reconnaissance is being carried out.”
Meanwhile, Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador in Ukraine has said, “Let’s be clear about who’s attacking whom…Russia violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and launches strikes that kill men, women, and children while they sleep, and Belarus allows its territory to be used in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Belarus allowed Russia to use its territory as a staging ground during the initial invasion of Ukraine and has continued to allow Russian forces to keep air and artillery resources within its borders.
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