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- Belarus has threatened to retaliate against Poland in the case of “Western provocations” amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to news reports, but it hasn’t gone so far as to declare war against the country.
Belarus’ president has said his country supports Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Belarus hasn’t declared war on Poland, as a recent Facebook post claims.
"This is a very stupid move!" the July 8 caption of a video post says. "Belarus declares war on Poland."
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A video in the Facebook post offers a more nuanced take on global affairs, noting recent remarks by Maj. Gen. Ruslan Kosygin, a top military official in Belarus. Kosygin recently said that Belarus would respond to Western provocations by attacking Poland, according to the International Business Times.
"In the event of a conflict, the territory of Poland with its military infrastructure becomes a priority target of the strike, namely decision-making centers, elements of the control system, points of permanent deployment of the National Armed Forces, arsenals and bases, as well as critical objects of their economy and transport infrastructure," the Times quotes Kosygin as saying.
Poland has previously accused Belarus of engaging in "hybrid warfare" by sending increasing numbers of migrants over their shared border. But the claim that Belarus has declared war on Poland was made in the context of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.
Although news reports have said that Belarus has threatened to retaliate against Poland in the case of Western provocation, it’s an overreach to say that the country has declared war.
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Facebook post, July 8, 2022
Reuters, Belarus leader stands with Russia in campaign, July 3, 2022
Reuters, Poland says Belarus lets migrants cross border in 'hybrid war' with EU, Aug. 5, 2021
France24, Polish pushbacks to Belarus go on as Ukrainians welcomed, April 1, 2022
International Business Times, Belarus Threatens To Attack Poland If West Starts 'Armed Provocations,’ July 7, 2022
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