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07 April 2022, 11:40

Lukashenko: Belarus was groundlessly dubbed ‘co-aggressor'

MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – Belarus was declared an accomplice of the aggressor without reason and evidence, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the Security Council meeting on 7 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state recalled that almost immediately after the start of the active phase of the hostilities in the territory of Ukraine, Belarus traditionally tried to bring the belligerents to the negotiating table. “Once again I want to tell those who shout ‘No to war!': We don't need this war, because we can end up suffering the most as a result of this conflict, the conflict between the two Slavic peoples. I have been saying this from the very first day of this confrontation between Ukraine and Russia. We once again offered Russia and Ukraine a safe place for negotiations. Our initiative was heard, appreciated and accepted. Belarus hosted three meetings of Russians and Ukrainians where they charted ways towards a peace deal,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“However, professional actions of our military and diplomats went unnoticed in the West. Belarus was declared an accomplice of the aggressor for no good reason. This was immediately followed by new sanctions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Commenting on the subsequent talks between the parties in Istanbul, Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We don't insist. Let them hold these talks there. The main thing is achieving a result.”

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