Dreadful warning

Lukashenko: High risk of military incidents along the border with Ukraine

Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko

Photo: Associated Press

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that the risk of military incidents along his country's border with Ukraine is high, Reuters reports, citing the RIA news agency.

RIA also quoted Lukashenko as saying that neighboring Poland should not expect aggressive actions from Belarus.

Lukashenko was quoted as saying that Belarus had nevertheless moved some combat-ready battalions from the Vitebsk region, located on its border with Russia, to the country's western borders.

In another report by Reuters, citing the Russian state news agency Tass, Lukashenko was quoted as saying that conditions were ready to start Russia-Ukraine peace talks.

The Belarusian president has said preliminary texts discussed between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Turkey in the first weeks of the war could serve as a starting point for negotiations.

Tass also quoted Lukashenko, a close ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin has said there could be an "apocalypse" if Russia uses nuclear weapons in retaliation for Western actions.