MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – Belarus' stance must be presented during negotiations on a peaceful resolution in Ukraine. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement at a session of the Security Council on 7 April, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “I just want to outline our today's position before you for the first time. The position has been conveyed to the minister of foreign affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been tasked with implementing it. There can be no negotiations without Belarus. Since you, primarily Western countries, got us into it, naturally Belarus' stance must be presented during these talks.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko continued: “We don't proceed from the fact that we've been put into the same basket together with Russia. No. We proceed from the belief that this war is just over the fence of our country. And it is most seriously affecting the situation in Belarus. This is why there can be no separate agreements behind Belarus' back. I am absolutely convinced and know that Russia understands this position. And there is nothing wrong with it. But it will run contrary to Western designs. But it doesn't mean we should dance to Western piping.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko also remarked that Ukraine's leadership has to understand that a period of restoration will begin after the war and it will be necessary to restore the country. “If they think that Western countries will come and selflessly rebuild Ukraine just like that, they are sadly mistaken! If they are to build and rebuild some plant in Ukraine, it will not be a plant of the Ukrainian people. It will be a plant owned by the country restoring it. There is a most severe danger that there will be nothing Ukrainian left in Ukraine,” the head of state cautioned. “Even nothing oligarchical. All of it will be dominated by oligarchs from the USA and major European Union countries.”
“This is why you have to find your luck in your own home. As I've been saying for a long time, the three Slavonic nations should recognize what is going on in the world on the global scale, sit at a table, and come to terms. Come to terms as equals,” the Belarus president concluded.