Belarus: Lukashenko Issues Veiled Criticism of Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

Source: Newsweek

“The top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced veiled criticism for the leader’s war in Ukraine by stressing that he didn’t anticipate the invasion to ‘drag on this way.’ Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made the comments during an interview Thursday with the Associated Press while also defending Putin’s reasons for initiating the conflict. Lukashenko’s indirect criticism of the war signifies a shift, however slight it may be, in rhetoric that has largely centered on solidarity with Russia and its actions. … While Lukashenko declined to comment on Russia’s progress, some reports indicate that the war is not going to plan for Moscow.” (05/05/22)