Alexander Lukashenka warned of a civil war during a meeting Friday with the authorities of Belarusian universities.

– I fear that under conditions of geopolitical division, we will not be able to survive in the context of internal chaos and civil war. Other players will definitely intervene. I often say about it, Lukashenka said: I take care not to allow Belarus to become a battlefield, a war in which our problems are not resolved.

The president of Belarus, not recognized by most countries, likened his country to Syria and Iraq, where conflicts arose due to the conflicting interests of the great powers.

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“You have to work with young people to save them from a bad future,” the Belarusian dictator said.

– Post-election events showed that we need to take education of young people more seriously, Lukashenka said during the academic degree awarding ceremony.

Belarus. New crackdown on demonstrators

The authorities in Minsk, a few hours after Lukashenka’s speech, announced their intention to impose another fee Fines for participating in post-election protests Of people aid organizations and natural people helped pay, according to PAP reports.

European Commission Vice President and Head of EU Diplomacy Joseph Borrell, and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Farhelli, confirmed in a statement on Friday that the European Union has been supporting the protesters protesting in Belarus since August 2020 against fraud. From the presidential election.