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05 May 2022, 11:58

Lukashenko: Belarus has been doing its utmost to prevent war between Ukraine, Russia

MINSK, 5 May (BelTA) – Belarus has been doing everything to prevent a war between Ukraine and Russia, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with AP, BelTA has learned.

"We are resolutely against wars. We have been doing everything to prevent this war," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

The president noted that it was thanks to Belarus that the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia were launched. "I know Russia's position. I know what Russia offers to Ukraine. But why Ukraine, on the territory of which there is actually a war, combat operations, people are dying, is not interested in these negotiations, is another question. You need to look to Washington for the answer to this question," the head of state said.

At the same time, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that he did not think that the Russian special operation "would take that long.” “But I'm not so immersed in this issue to say whether it has been going according to the plan as the Russians say, or how I feel it. I emphasize this once again: my feeling is that this operation is taking too long," the Belarusian leader said.

As BelTA has reported earlier, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave an interview to the Associated Press, one of the world's largest news agencies, on 5 May. The interviewer is Vice President of the Associated Press Ian Phillips, who has been working for the agency since 1994. The Associated Press unites about 7,000 newspaper publishers, radio and television stations and operates 248 news bureaus in 99 countries. Its paid content subscribers include more than 10,000 media outlets in 120 countries.

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