Lukashenko Urges CSTO to Unite Against the West

Editor’s note: Nice sentiment but not going to happen. Tajikistan and Kirgizia periodically erupt into border clashes, after the Ukraine War Kazakhstan fears Russia more than anyone else, and Armenia is only in the club because it doesn’t have better options (it would rather have Western backing but to DC the relationship with the much more numerous Turks is far more important).

Sorry if this accurate analysis hurts your feelings. If it does, you may be a snowflake.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has called on members of a Russian-led military alliance to unite, as he accused the West of prolonging the conflict in Ukraine to weaken Moscow.

Speaking at a summit of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in Moscow, Lukashenko said “hellish sanctions” against his country and Russia could have been avoided if the group had spoken with one voice.

“Without a united front, the collective West will build up pressure on the post-Soviet space,” Lukashenko said, addressing President Putin and the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Sanctions imposed on Belarus have blocked $16-$18bn worth of its annual exports to the West, the Belta state news agency cited Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko as saying late on Sunday.

“Because of the sanctions, almost all of Belarus’s exports to the countries of the European Union and North America have been blocked,” Golovchenko said, according to a transcript of an interview with the Dubai-based Al Arabiya television published by Belta.

‘At war with Russia’

Lukashenko had previously insisted that Minsk must be involved in negotiations to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, adding that his country had been unfairly labelled “an accomplice of the aggressor”.

The 67-year-old leader, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, had also accused the West of supporting Nazi ideas and of being “at war with Russia” in Ukraine.

“Followers of the Nazis are obsessed with the idea of revenge, but they are not ready to fight openly against the heirs of the Soviet people,” Lukashenko said at a speech on Victory Day, an annual holiday in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

“That’s why they are flooding Ukraine with weapons, waging war on memorials, symbols and veterans,” he said.

When Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, Moscow’s army entered from Belarus, as well as from its own territory and from annexed Crimea.

Lukashenko has argued that Belarus was not the aggressor but an ally and a strategic partner of Russia.

“Nobody abroad cares that the Belarusian army is not involved in the fighting,” he said, adding that these “attempts to suffocate” Belarus “will only make it stronger”.

  1. Oscar Peterson says

    “Nice sentiment but not going to happen.”


  2. Pink Unicorne says

    Interesting neo lingo.
    Cancel, original meaning social policing via deplatforming, now meaning anything that hurts Russia and its admirer’s feelings, even totally legit realpolitiking moves like laying a trap, blackmailing, or coup
    Snowflake, original meaning low information high ideology US leftist, now meaning Russian and pretend Russians with a frail mind and a taste for SVR propaganda
    Victory, original meaning beating your opponent in a war, now meaning whatever condition Kremlin finds itself in
    Nationalism, original meaning looking for one’s country first and foremost, now meaning average Ukrainians.
    Who could have known a war can be this prolific!

  3. YakovKedmi says

    If Luka Shenko is your best friend, your life-insurance policy may not be renewed.

    The Collective Security Treaty Organisation, like the Warsaw Treaty Organization, relies on and is held together by Russian military power. On top of the un-spectacular performance of the Armed Forces of Russia in Ukraine, Russian money is in short supply, too; therefore the member states are even less inclined to cohere & adhere. —who can blame them for listening to NATO syren songs

  4. Bob Smith says

    Mr L acknowledges the existence of Ukraine as an independent nation. He acknowledges how Western sanctions are hurting his country. He emphasizes that his soldiers are not invading the neighboring country. Is he distancing himself from Mr. P’s war effort?

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