Situation in Belarus evolving in wrong direction - president's aide

Protests have been ongoing in Belarus since the contested August 9 presidential election, in which incumbent strongman Alexander Lukashenko was declared to be the winner with over 80 percent of votes. Tatiana Zenkovich/PAP/EPA

The situation in Belarus has been evolving in a negative direction and it seems that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been adopting a tougher stance, according to Polish presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski.

Speaking to Polish Radio One on Friday, Szczerski said that Lukashenko's tough policy was motivated by the possibility of a Russian intervention. Additionally, Lukashenko has been trying to cut off his country from the West, including Poland.

"It is a very bad thing because as we know, we have Poles living in Belarus and they must feel safe in this country. It is our basic task," Szczerski said.

Lukashenko has been accusing Western democracies and Belarus' immediate neighbours Poland and Lithuania of meddling in Belarusian affairs.

On Thursday, Lukashenko said there "is a diplomatic war against Belarus at the highest level" and that the Grodno region bordering Poland would be taken over by Poland if Belarus were to disintegrate.

The Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarusian ambassador later on Thursday to protest against such accusations.

Protests have been ongoing in Belarus since the contested August 9 presidential election, in which incumbent strongman Alexander Lukashenko was declared to be the winner with over 80 percent of votes. During demonstrations so far at least three people have been killed and 200 injured. Almost 7,000 people have been detained, many brutally beaten, and several dozen have disappeared.