Belarusian President Says Ready to Use Army to Introduce Order

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday it is possible to use the army to introduce constitutional order in Belarus.

"The army remains the most important factor in ensuring the independence, deterring aggression. The army is the guarantee that we will implement the course of the country selected by Belarusian people ourselves," said the president.

Lukashenko said that today in various parts of the world there are a lot of bloody conflicts. "Under the spell of democracy hundreds of people are dying in senseless riots committed unspeakable atrocities in their attacks. Some countries are trying to impose their will on others. Their goal is to make others weaker using the right of a strong, and so they solve their mercantile problems."

Belarusian president said that during the presidential elections the conspiracy against the country was organized with the sponsorship of foreign secret services. According to him, "the huge part of the money came from Germany and Poland, as well as through other states, there was also the preparation to overthrow the government program in our country, but we defended the constitutional order, prosperity and independence of Belarus."

Belarusian opposition organized on Dec. 19, 2010 an unauthorized protest rally in Minsk after announcement that the current president Alexander Lukashenko won the elections. Protesters stormed the Government House. Police detained more than 600 people, most of them were punished administratively.

In response to the events of Dec. 19 in Minsk, the European Union decided to impose visa bans on Belarusian officials, including the current president. According to European ministers, these people were involved in violence against opposition demonstration. Ministers also stated the possibility of imposing economic sanctions against Belarus if the situation does not change.

U.S. State Department on Jan. 31 announced the introduction of unilateral sanctions against a number of Belarusian companies. The U.S. revoked document permitting U.S. citizens to transact with Lakokraska and Polotsk Steklo. In addition the U.S. has also expanded the list of Belarusian citizens who are prohibited from entering the country.


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