MIL OSI – Source: United Civil Party Belarus – in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Lukashenka About Protests: West Helping ‘Roughnecks’ to Destabilize Situation in Belarus
Belarusian opposition activists are trying to destabilize the situation in Belarus with the help of the West, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Monday when receiving the report on the preparations for the Belarus-Russia joint strategic army exercise West 2017.
According to the Belarusian leader, he is hardly concerned about ‘certain confrontation’ between the Belarusian-Russian group and NATO units deployed by the country’s borders. In his opinion, it is the ‘attempts to apply modern methods’ to aggravate the domestic situation that are especially noteworthy.
“This pertains to the attempt of our ‘fifth column’ with the financial assistance (we can trace it, I do not threaten anyone), of western funds and with the guidance of western intelligence services to encourage our roughnecks, who have run away from the country abroad, to destabilize the situation in Belarus,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying. “We will cope with this. It is not a problem,” he promised.
In February-March, there has been an eruption of protesting the so-called ‘parasite’ law in Belarus. The decree signed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka in April, 2015 established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units (appr. $230).