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Belarusian-Ukrainian border is border of friendship, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

The President stated that no threat should be posed at Ukraine from the Belarusian side
16:11, 26 October 2018

Presidential Administration press office

The Belarusian-Ukrainian border is the border of friendship, as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said at the meeting with the representatives of the Ukrainian community in Belarus, the President’s Administration reports.

'It is a border of friendship and we should not let any threat to be posed at Ukraine from Belarus. We don’t expect it, we know it won’t happen and, of course, we don’t want Russia to use Belarus to reach our flank,' Poroshenko noted.

Related: Belarusian MFA denies danger for Ukrainians staying in country

He added that the Ukrainian delegation arrived in Belarus with good intentions 'to demonstrate the strategic importance and responsibility'.

Earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Minister said that it is “potentially dangerous” for Ukrainians to visit Belarus. 

Related: Belarus considers pardoning Ukrainian reporter judged for espionage

'It is potentially dangerous for Ukrainians to stay in Belarus, and we are going to talk about this with Minsk. We understand that Russian power structures are acting in Belarus. Russia is in its security sector', Pavlo Klimkin stressed.

At the same time, the representatives of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry called Klimkin’s statement 'nonsense'.

Related: Belarus to increase number of border guards at border with Ukraine, - Lukashenko

Reportedly, on November 17, 2017 it was revealed that Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko was detained in Minsk. He was accused of espionage, and he was told he was an intelligence officer of Ukraine. Later, Belarusian court sentenced Sharoyko to eight years in prison.

Moreover, on August 25, 2017, a 19-year-old Pavlo Gryb, who went to Gomel (Belarus) to meet with his friend was detained by Russia’s special services. Later, he was transported to Russia. Russian law enforcers suspect Gryb in preparing a terrorist attack at school in Sochi, Russia.  

Related: NBU refuses Belarusian bank to purchase of Sberbank branch in Ukraine

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