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Russia’s ally says it is opposed to trying to bring Belarus into the conflict in Ukraine

Belarus said it had seized a missile fired from Ukraine two days ago. (File)

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President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that Belarus had intercepted a missile fired from Ukraine two days ago, but that it would resist attempts to lure it into the cross-border conflict.

The Kiev government has accused Russia on Friday of carrying out “fake flags” of airstrikes from Ukraine to Belarus as an excuse for Moscow’s close ally to provide an excuse for Russian forces entering Ukraine to join the conflict.

“I warned you that this operation would push us into this war,” Lukashenko told Belarusian soldiers, according to Belta State News Agency.

“We didn’t do anything there, and we weren’t invited,” Lukashenko said. “I want to emphasize again … We will not get involved in this ongoing operation by Russia in Ukraine.”

However, he suggested that Belarus’ patience was not limited. Lukashenko said the missile was intercepted and destroyed by Belarus with Russian help in the Pripyat area near the Ukrainian border.

“Why is this being done?” he said. “To encourage us, let’s start responding. But we’re not that stupid. If we respond, we’ll respond appropriately so everyone can feel it. For now, we’re suffering.”

It was not clear what the benefits of dragging Ukraine to war with Russia along with Russia would be.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)

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