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.
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.
'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'.
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.