(BBC) – Police in Belarus have been authorised to use lethal force if necessary against anti-government protesters, a senior government official says.
“On behalf of the interior ministry, I say that we will not leave the streets and will guarantee the law in the country. Law enforcement personnel and interior troops will use special equipment and lethal weapons if need be.”
“This is an answer to the evolving situation in Belarus,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters. “There has not been any kind of signal from the Belarus authorities to engage in any kind of conversation.”
President Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to send Russian police to help Mr Lukashenko if the protests get “out of control”.