Updated at 13:35,15-07-2024

Self-exiled opposition activists want to go back to Belarus, Lukashenko says

Self-exiled opposition activists want to go back to Belarus, Lukashenko says
Many of those, who have fled Belarus, are now begging to be let back into the country. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the national seminar-conference held on 10 June to discuss new methods and forms of public communication at the grassroots level, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Self-exiled opposition activists are now begging to come back. Some came and started talking how ‘good' things are in our neighboring countries and other ones. I can give you one example: everyone rushed to go to Poland. Poles, non-Poles, ethnic and non-ethnic ones. The latest trend: yes, it is okay, guys, but a war is going on over there [in Ukraine] and something needs to be done in Belarus (well, a misfire happened in 2020 as they say but something needs to be done), you should go to Ukraine, two legions have been organized over there.”

The president pointed out that people, who have joined those legions in Ukraine, have no desire to fight. “Two legions have been organized, armed, and sent to the frontline. But they don't want to go to the frontline. Four people went to fight out of the 150 ones that have gathered over there. There are thousands of them over there! 150 joined the legions and only four went to fight. Well, okay, they were ordered to man posts,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “These posts are not really good either. Things were good when they gathered in some restaurant in Kiev. They gathered up over there, drank and ate. Things were good in the restaurant, at the moment of their muster. But then they were sent to the frontline or the posts. Nope. Ukrainians says: ‘Well, okay, we are going to train you for a future armed revolution in Belarus'.”

“Well, they can try,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.

The president stressed that Belarusian authorities know names of participants of such armed units: “We know last names of all of them and know that we will get them soon. We just need time for it.”

“Well, many are begging to go back already. I cannot specify names. Even the leader is worried: ‘I didn't sign up for it, let me go, I want to go home!' But she is not allowed to go. Since they have invested money in her name, who can replace her? If she is to be replaced, everything will come to ruin. She is not allowed to go. These idiots, who were trained in the USA, stand around and hold her as a banner. Well, thank god, it is that kind of banner.”