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Belarus president claims West plotting to attack Russia

Lukashenko talked with Vladimir Putin

12 July, 16:21
(ANSA-AFP) - MINSK, JUL 12 - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Tuesday that the West was preparing to attack Russia via Belarus. Speaking to military graduates and officers, Lukashenko said he discussed the alleged Western plot with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. "Strategic plans for an attack against Russia are being developed," Lukashenko alleged, saying the West would seek to target Russia "through Ukraine and through Belarus". "History is repeating itself," he said, in an apparent reference to the invasion of Russia by Napoleon's troops in 1812 and by Nazi Germany in 1941.

Putin sent troops into Ukraine on February 24. Belarus, the Kremlin's main ally, has served as a staging ground for the Russian army in its offensive on neighbouring Ukraine. Western countries have never publicly said they are planning to attack Russia. (ANSA-AFP).

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