NATO denies increasing its military presence on the western border of Belarus, according to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Belarusian authorities are trying to use NATO activities as a pretext to disperse the demonstrators. This was announced by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin on Wednesday, August 26, TASS reports.
“We see the regime’s attempts to use NATO as an excuse to disperse protesters, to use violence against people. This is not true, because there is no NATO build-up in the region,” he said.
Earlier, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that for the first time in a quarter of a century he had to make the most serious decision, bringing the main forces of the army on full alert due to the activity of NATO troops near the western border of the country.
Earlier, Lukashenko announced the “toughest measures” to protect Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko instructed the Minister of Defense to take measures to “protect the territorial integrity” of Belarus.