During a consultation with members of the Security Council, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said the following:
“I can’t say there is some catastrophe or the situation is too intense, but there are plenty of problems and issues that need to be addressed. Today we absolutely clearly see what is going on.
As we said, people from abroad are masterminds and organizers of all that's happening. People with a criminal past, a decent criminal past at that, march in the front ranks. Today I cannot complain about anyone specifically. I can't. Because you can see how the situation is unfolding. The only thing I would like to ask the minister and other people: we are Slavs after all, if a person falls and stays down, don't beat him or her. A certain brake must be in place,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed his fellow Belarusians: “Don't go out to the streets these days! You have to understand that you and our kids are being used as cannon fodder! People from Poland, Holland, Ukraine, from Russia across the open border, Navalny's people, and so on and so forth have come to Belarus. An aggression against the country has been launched,” the president said.