The current instability in Ukraine has led to increased problems for Minsk, including cross-border trafficking in arms and explosives, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told the Russian regional media at a press conference.




“We have to try hard to protect a 1,200-kilometer long border with Ukraine because huge amounts of arms and explosives have been coming in. We have been seizing arms smuggled not only on the border but at the (Minsk) Rail Terminal as well,” Lukashenko explained.


“It has been hard for us,” he stressed. According to the Belarusian president, “arms were earlier smuggled from the West to the East through the Baltic states, Belarus and Ukraine, but now the smuggled arms flow through Belarus.” “On the one hand, this is positive. But on the other hand, it requires huge efforts and spending to ensure security here,” Lukashenko added.