NATO country should support ‘uprising’ in Belarus – retired general — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
Poland must prepare for the inevitable “uprising” in Minsk and help the pro-Ukrainians “army” targeting Russia’s ally for regime change, retired General Waldemar Skrzypczak told Polsat TV. Warsaw’s hostile behavior will not go unaddressed, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
Appearing on the Tuesday evening newscast, Skrzypczak said he hoped the upcoming Ukrainian offensive and the “signal” sent by the raid on the Russian region of Belgorod will be “start an uprising” in Belarus and maybe even in Russia itself.
“Let’s prepare for an uprising in Belarus, because it will happen. The fact is that we should not sleep during this time,” Skrzypczak told Polsat. “We must be ready to support the troops who will carry out the operation against Lukashenko. We have reasons to help them, just as we help Ukraine. Belarusians will enthusiastically support them against (President Alexander) Lukashenko.
According to Skrzypczak, Belarus does not have the military capacity to prevent such an uprising, while Russia cannot help because “He will have his own problems.” In addition to providing aid to the Belarusian insurgency, he added, Poland must prepare for a “Exodus” of refugees from the country.
Skrzypczak was Polish deputy defense minister in charge of armaments and before that, commander of the country’s ground forces. Now retired, he has been a frequent guest on the Polish media, commenting on the Ukrainian conflict over the past year.
Asked about the general’s remarks on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, condemned Warsaw’s policy. “Russophobic tantrums” and swore that Moscow would come to the defense of Minsk.
“Poland is a state that is hostile to us, not just hostile,” Peskov told reporters. “We see that this State, which is hostile to us, in fact speaks openly of its intention to interfere directly, including by force, in the internal affairs of a neighbour, our partner, ally and brother State.
Russia, he added, has an obligation to ensure the security of Belarus, “what we will do in the face of such obvious threats”.
Poland is currently the hub of NATO efforts to supply Ukraine with weapons, ammunition and equipment to fight against Russia. In the summer of 2020, it was the basis of US-backed efforts to overthrow Lukashenko in a “the color revolution”. Opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has since declared a “government in exile” in neighboring Lithuania, seeking US and NATO support.