THE President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko blamed the West today for that “haunted” by Nazi ideas and that it is “at war with Russia” in Ukraineobject of a Russian attack for two and a half months.
“Nazi sympathizers are haunted by the idea of revenge, but are not ready to fight openly against the heirs of the Soviet people.” said Lukashenko in a speech on the occasion of the May 9 celebration of victory over the Nazis in 1945.
“That’s why they are flooding Ukraine with weapons”he said, accusing the “Western elites” of turning this neighboring country into a “monster” and of reducing “Nazism to an ideology of the State”.
“It is no secret that the whole Western world is at war with Russia in Ukraine.”said Lukashenko, 67, who has ruled Belarus since 1994 and is Vladimir Putin’s closest ally, offering his country ground for the Russian attack.
“More than 50 Western countries are united today against Russia”he said.
Mr Lukashenko also blamed Western economic sanctions on Moscow, as well as on Minsk, for the war in Ukraine, saying “efforts to strangle Belarus” would only make it “stronger”.
“Neither legally nor morally Belarusians have the right not to support Russia”he insisted.
“We are alone with Russia. And you are 50”said the Belarusian president.
Ukraine has been facing a Russian offensive since February 24 aimed at, according to Moscow, “de-Naziizing” the country, which it accuses of alleged genocide of Russian-speaking populations.