Lukashenko threatens Merkel over “self-defense squads” in Belarus

The President explained that “sleeping” terrorist cells, intending to overthrow the government, had been uncovered in the country. This has something to do with Germany, he said. “We will present our claims to the chancellor himself,” Lukashenkо said

In Belarus, “sleeping” terrorist cells have been uncovered, the purpose of which is to overthrow the current regime in the country, said President Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA informs.

“Today, the created“ sleeping ”terrorist cells, the so-called self-defense units, have been opened. The goal of these cells is a violent change of power on X-day. They themselves do not yet know what kind of X-day it is: our people must be brought to it, ”he said. According to him, Germany, Ukraine, USA, Poland and Lithuania are related to this.

He also said that the “self-defense squads” created a Telegram channel, which was joined by 2,500 people. They, according to the president, were a “combat reserve”. The organizer of the channel was a citizen of Germany, the main moderator was a citizen of Russia, he said.

“After today’s end of counterintelligence measures, we will no longer present claims to some Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister, but to the Chancellor himself and some of the German leadership,” Lukashenkо promised.

Lukashenko instructed to completely close the border with Ukraine – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed the border troops to completely close the border with Ukraine, the agency Sputnik Belarus reported.

The head of state announced this at a solemn meeting on the occasion of Independence Day, which is celebrated in Belarus on July 3.

Lukashenka explained that Ukraine is receiving “a huge amount of weapons”, henceforth only civilians will be able to enter the country.

“We will not take everyone else prisoner,” he added.

Earlier, the Belarusian president stated that the uncovered terrorist group led by businessman Mikalai Autukhovich was carrying “tons” of weapons through Ukraine. Kiev replied that “the mantra about” weapons from Ukraine “clearly fits into Lukashenka’s policy of intimidating the Belarusian people.”

Lukashenko also said that Western sanctions aimed at undermining the economy would not work. According to him, the greatest value of Belarus, which has no oil, gas and gold, is its “proud, independent and hardworking” people, and not an abstract imposed notion of “civil society”.

In late June, EU sectoral sanctions against Belarus came into effect, allegedly in response to an “escalation of gross human rights violations” and the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk on 23 May.

Alexander Lukashenko (Photo: Dmitry Astakhov / TASS)