Belarus’ Lukashenko Orders Closure of Border With Ukraine—BelTA

By Reuters
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July 2, 2021 Updated: July 2, 2021

MOSCOW—Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko ordered on Friday the full closure of Belarus’ border with neighboring Ukraine, citing security reasons, BelTA state news agency reported.

Lukashenko told a gathering marking the country’s Independence Day that rebel groups that were planning to carry out a coup were uncovered in Belarus, BelTA reported.

“A huge amount of weapons is coming from Ukraine to Belarus. That’s why I ordered border-security forces to fully close the border with Ukraine,” Lukashenko said.

Belarus’ stand-off with the West intensified recently after it scrambled a warplane to force a Ryanair flight to land in order to arrest a government critic who was on the aircraft. Western countries condemned this move and imposed sanctions to punish Belarus.

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