Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko put army units on alert Tuesday amid border tensions.

“The situation is very serious,” he stated throughout a conference with Secretary of the State Security Council of Belarus, Alexander Grigoryevich. “I would even say dangerous, and under no circumstances should we slack off. There is no need to fear anything. We need to put some military units on alert by wartime standards. This is necessary.”

Repeating Belarus’s support to Russia, Lukashenko noted: “We have created a defense space and, in fact, we have common armed forces with Russia.”

“There shouldn’t and won’t be any blow to the back, to the side, to the flanks of the Russian troops through Belarus. This is our obligation to our ally,” he added.

He went on to claim that efforts are in progress to find volunteer militia units to build up the defense of the homeland.

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