The United States warned Belarus on Tuesday that its authoritarian government will also face reprisals if it helps ally Russia invade neighboring Ukraine.
“We have also made it clear to Belarus that if it allows its territory to be used for an attack on Ukraine, it will receive a swift and decisive response from the United States and our allies and partners,” the ministry’s spokesman said. State Department, Ned Price, to reporters. .
“If there were an invasion from Belarus, if Russian troops were permanently stationed on their territory, NATO might have to rethink our own forces in the countries bordering Belarus,” Price said.
Belarus’ old strongman Alexander Lukashenko is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has crushed mass protests that question the legitimacy of his election.
Lukashenko announced last month that Russia will conduct military exercises with Belarus, prompting the United States to warn that nuclear weapons could enter the country.
The move comes as Russia is stationing tens of thousands of troops on its borders with Ukraine, sparking Western warnings against an invasion of the west-facing country.
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