The Belarusian president made unpublished statements in a television interview.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says Vladimir Putin never told him he would start a war in Ukraine, instead asking him to back him “if anything happens.”
Lukashenko’s revelation came during an interview with exiled Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko, a former host for the pro-Russian NewsOne channel, which was shut down by kyiv.
During the interview, Lukashenko admitted for the first time that Russian units had entered Ukrainian territory from Belarus, specifically from the Chernobyl region, in February 2022. Belarusian territory has been used by the Russian army as a strategic military platform against Ukraine.
Lukashenko, who is said to have persuaded Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin to withdraw his troops from southern Russia and agree to use his mercenaries in Belarus, believes there will be no armed uprising in Russia anytime soon.
He also predicts that Putin will not be ousted and that the Russian leader will run for re-election in 2024.
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