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18 May 2023, 12:14

Lukashenko dismisses Ukraine's pending counteroffensive narrative as disinformation campaign

MINSK, 18 May (BelTA) - Ukraine's pending counteroffensive narrative is the disinformation campaign, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with participants of the CSTO PA Council meeting in Minsk on 18 May, BelTA has learned.

"Instead of accusing us of confrontation, the expansion of this conflict, they'd better return to the negotiating table and start working on a new document, not the previous one [that was discussed at the initial stage during several rounds of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations]. The war must be stopped,” the president said.

The head of state dismissed Ukraine's counteroffensive reports as the disinformation campaign: "Disinformation is very dangerous in any battle. For example, before launching the Battle of Kursk, near Stalingrad, we carried out a successful disinformation campaign and defeated the enemy in those battles.”

"I see this 'counteroffensive' as the biggest disinformation hoax. From my point of view, no ‘counteroffensive' is going to happen. It's just crazy. Launching the counteroffensive with one to five on the front in terms of hardware and manpower is just madness! But they persist with riling up Ukrainians in order to continue this confrontation and bog us down in it. These are how things are on the front today. We see it. It's right over the fence," the president said.

The head of state noted that the bigger picture is seen from a distance. "As I always say, we are yet to make assessments. And then we will see who is right and who is wrong," he said. Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed the need for a mutually respectful and equal dialogue. "All sorts of preconditions that Ukraine, the Ukrainian president are putting forward today are meant to prevent any negotiations. This is absolutely clear. It is not right to set forward any preconditions. Just sit down at the negotiating table and work out all sorts of conditions there," the president concluded.

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