MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) – The situation in Donbass can be resolved if the Minsk agreements are observed. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with a member of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Evgeny Shevchenko on 20 April, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “You know my stance on Ukraine. It remains unchanged. I would very much like Ukraine to be ours so that three brotherly Slavic nations could be together. For the benefit of the nations. Nobody intends to enslave each other. Nobody intends to pressure each other. But politics is politics. You understand there can be various nuances. This is why those, who are smarter, win in politics instead of those, who are simply strongest. And those, who exploit the situation in a way to make everything better. I mean the situation in Donbass as well.”
In his words, he has been deeply immersed in the corresponding problems and has always passed on various requests and proposals if someone asked him to. “If a former president of Ukraine asked me to. And with this president when we met… If there were some requests for the sake of discussing things in Russia, act as some intermediary (which I don't like very much). We are relatives. My actions are based on that. This is why I've always done it. And President of Russia Vladimir Putin and I have had many conversations about Ukraine. Putin and I talk about Ukraine at every meeting. And trust me, it is sincere, we talk about what is going on in Ukraine and around Ukraine with regret,” the head of state noted.
In particular, Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned his vision of how the situation in Donbass can gradually get back to normal: “Let me tell you absolutely sincerely: the normalization of the situation in problem spots in Ukraine, primarily in Donbass, depends primarily on Ukraine. If probably starting tomorrow one starts acting upon the Minsk agreements and so on. Someone's nerves and some Ukrainian interests may be affected. But trust me Ukraine will benefit in the medium term.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko said he had personally discussed the relevant matters with the former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and with the current president, possible options had been contemplated. “I understand that all sides want to save their faces. But one has to understand that Russia is a huge country. It can help Ukraine a lot with restoring Donbass and so on,” he said. “Putin made such proposals. He asked me to convey them to Poroshenko. I told him and explained everything. But back then it was the first time when I understood that Ukrainian politicians, the leadership are not self-directed. Because it was necessary to make these decisions and get things moving step by step. Many issues would have been addressed by now.”
“But I witnessed it. Putin cannot be blamed for it. He made proposals. Good ones. But the former president rejected them,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.