“We see that the caterpillars are clanging. I can see. And we chose the moment in time. They just provoked this situation today so that we would delay our military to internal actions. Who today can guarantee that those forces that are pulled up from the outside are indifferent to us? No, Putin and I are of the same opinion that everything there - this mess is not in vain, ”BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.
On the eve of Lukashenka, he said about NATO troops building up their military might on the country's borders: “NATO troops are clattering their tracks at our gates. There is a build-up of military power along the western borders. "
NATO stated that it is not building up its military presence in Eastern Europe, but is closely monitoring the situation in Belarus.