NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urges the Russian authorities to withhold from intervening into Belarus’ internal affairs as the country is now facing a third week of the protests against the results of the recent presidential elections, Bild reports.
“It is absolutely clear: we respect Belarus’ territorial integrity, Belarus is a sovereign and independent country. Thus, no one, including Russia, should not interfere with her internal affairs,” Stoltenberg stated.
He also called upon Alexander Lukashenko to provide the Belarussian people with a right to decide on the future of their country. The official assured that there was no concentration of NATO troops in the region, but the Belarusian regime should not use this as an excuse to suppress peaceful protests.
As we reported earlier, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that he had formed a reserve of security forces for Belarus.
"Alexander Grigoryevich (Lukashenko - 112 International.) asked me to form a certain reserve of law enforcement officers. And I did. But we also agreed that it will not be used until the situation gets out of control," Putin said.