Washington DC –
The United States (US) warned Belarus not to assist Russia in invading Ukraine. US authorities insist Belarus’s authoritarian government will face retaliation if it helps its ally Russia.
The southern region of Belarus is known to have a direct border with Ukraine. So as reported AFP, Wednesday (26/1/2022).
“We have also made clear to Belarus that if they allow their territory to be used for attacks against Ukraine, they will face a swift and decisive response from the United States and our allies and partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“If an invasion continues from Belarus, if Russian troops are permanently stationed on their territory, NATO may have to reassess our troop posture in countries bordering Belarus,” he added.
Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, is known to be an ally of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko is known to have succeeded in suppressing mass demonstrations that questioned the legitimacy of his election victory.
Last month, Lukashenko announced that Russia would hold military exercises with Belarus. The move prompted the US to issue warnings that nuclear weapons could enter the country.
The US warning against Belarus comes as Russia deploys tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border. The deployment prompted Western countries to warn Russia against launching an invasion of Ukraine, whose government is oriented towards the West.
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