Putin Forms Law Enforcement ‘Reserve’ on Standby for Belarus

President Vladimir Putin has formed a reserve of Russian law enforcement officers standing by to be sent to Belarus, he said in a new interview that aired Thursday.

Putin said he created the reserve at the request of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who faces mass demonstrations in his country weeks after a disputed election he claims to have won in a landslide. 

Russia will not deploy these forces unless “extremist elements in Belarus cross a line and start plundering,” Putin said in the interview with the state-run Rossia 1 broadcaster.

“We’ve agreed that [the reserve] will not be used until the situation starts getting out of control,” Putin said.

On Sunday, Lukashenko and his 15-year-old son were filmed carrying automatic weapons and wearing bulletproof vests while flying to his residential palace as an unprecedented opposition rally took place in central Minsk.

In recent days, he has ordered multiple war games, increased border security and deployed troops in Minsk as a show of force to protesters and foreign powers.

(c) The Moscow Times

12 comments

  • “We’ve agreed that [the reserve] will not be used until the situation starts getting out of control,” Putin said.

    I see Russian provocateurs will be ready for action in the next few days. Cue Russia instigating riots at the weekend, of course they won’t be interfering when they go in to “stop” these riots they started.

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  • The detention of Russians in Minsk is an action of the special services of Ukraine and the United States , now it is reliably known. We behave much more restrained in relation to the events in Belarus than Europe and the United States. But we are not indifferent to what is happening there – this is the closest country to us. At the request of Alexander Lukashenko, I formed a reserve of law enforcement officers who can go to Belarus, but so far there is no need for this. They will not go there until the extremists start setting fire to cars and houses. We proceed from the assumption that all problems in Belarus will be resolved peacefully. I believe that the Belarusian police are behaving rather restrainedly. And it’s normal that in the USA they shoot an unarmed person in the back? Something I did not see, that it would be condemned somewhere. It’s not about what is happening in Belarus, but about the fact that someone wants something else to happen there. But in general, the situation is leveling off.

    Extremists? You mean those 82% who voted for Svetlana…right?

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  • “President Vlad the blood-sucking dwarf has formed a reserve of Russian law enforcement officers standing by to be sent to Belarus, he said in a new interview that aired Thursday.”
    What the Ruskies call “law enforcement officers” are called hired thugs, occupation troops, jerks and assholes in other countries, doing the dwarf’s filthy work.

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