Putin’s ally Lukashenko warns of World War III over aid to Ukraine

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko – Vladimir Putin’s closest ally – has warned Western nations of an imminent World War III if they don’t stop arms supplies to Ukraine.

Lukashenko, 68, raised the specter of a global conflict in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres published on Monday.

“Belarus calls on the countries of the world to unite and prevent the regional conflict in Europe from escalating into a full-blown world war!” he wrote, according to Newsweek reporting.

A broad coalition of nations led by the US and Britain has sent billions of dollars worth of arms and ammunition to Ukraine to help the country repel Russia’s unprovoked invasion, while imposing crippling sanctions on Putin and his cronies.

Belarus said in March its forces would not participate in what Moscow is calling its “special operation” in Ukraine, but it served as a launch pad for Russia to send thousands of troops across the border on February 24.

Putin and Lukashenko shake hands at a meeting in Sochi on May 23.
Putin and Lukashenko shake hands at a meeting in Sochi on May 23.
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In a letter to Guterres, Lukashenko claimed that his people “never posed a threat to any of their neighbors” and accused other nations of unfairly slandering Belarus, The Daily Beast reported.

“We are not aggressors, as some states try to portray us,” he argued. “We are not traitors. “Honesty and integrity in relationships are important to us.”

Lukashenko and Putin have been exceptionally close throughout the three-month conflict. During a televised meeting between the two allies on Monday in the Black Sear resort of Sochi, the Belarusian president defended his Russian counterpart, arguing that Putin was not to blame for the global economic chaos sparked by the war.

A Ukrainian soldier presents an anti-drone weapon in Kyiv.
A Ukrainian soldier presents an anti-drone weapon in Kyiv.
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“What’s happening over there is that they really underestimated it by reading their own media,” Lukashenko said, referring to western nations. “They have inflation, but the truth is ‘Putin is to blame’, ‘Putin is to blame for everything’.”

Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus as a de facto dictator since 1994, continued on this issue in his letter to the UN chief, painting Russia as the real victim.

“Western countries’ reluctance to work to strengthen unified and indivisible security, their disregard for legitimate interests and ignoring the concerns of other partners, primarily Russia, first led to trade, economic and information wars, and then provoked a heated conflict on the territory of Ukraine,” he claimed.

Ukrainian soldiers during a training session in New Kharkiv on April 7.
Ukrainian soldiers during a training session in New Kharkiv on April 7.
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Lukashenko called on the West to “refrain from arms sales, from information warfare and provocations, from inflating hate speech in the media, from promoting racism and discrimination based on national, cultural, linguistic and religious affiliation, from legalizing and sending in mercenaries.” .

https://nypost.com/2022/05/24/putin-ally-lukashenko-warns-of-world-war-iii-over-ukraine-aid/ Putin’s ally Lukashenko warns of World War III over aid to Ukraine

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