Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Polish MP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski: 'Russia may use Belarus for troops deployment'.
Polish MP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski: 'Russia may use Belarus for troops deployment'. (charter97).
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a Polish MEP and deputy chairman of the Christian Democrats group, criticised Russia at the Wroclaw Global Forum. According to him, it's time to consider the issue of delivering weapons to Ukraine as the Minsk agreement is not implemented.
The politician spoke to Radio Svaboda about his vision of Russian-Belarusian relations.
– Does Russia really take Lukashenka as an ally? Is it ready to stake on him?
– We can hardly say that free and democratic elections would help Lukashenka. It would be a problem for him to overcome the 50% barrier if the media were free. To be short, free Belarus would most probably elect a new president. Russia is not going to allow free elections in Belarus, so you cannot believe in anything it says.
– Lukashenka began to use pro-Ukrainian rhetoric more than a year ago. But the recent military exercises on the border with Poland and Ukraine do not match his words. Does it mean that the leash on which Putin keeps Lukashenka became shorter?
– We need to look at what he does rather than what he says. He speaks to confuse both Moscow and the West. We shouldn't take his meanders seriously. He swings from side to side.
The facts are that Belarus has the common military space with Russia. The fact is the military exercises on the border. The fact is that if Belarus is needed to deploy Russian troops, it will be done. Unlike the West, I don't feel optimism about his or his propaganda's statements.
Belarus yesterday started large-scale command and staff military exercises in the Gomel region close to the Ukrainian border. The drills will last until June 18. It is planned to practice the phased strengthening of the state border in the southern direction. The drills involve the separate infantry company of the territorial troops consisting of reservists as well as territorial border guard and interior units of the Gomel region.