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23 February 2023, 15:31

Lukashenko expects serious consequences for failure to hear China's stance on conflict in Ukraine

MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – If China's position on the conflict in Ukraine falls on deaf ears, it will lead to serious consequences. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement an interview with Chinese mass media, BelTA has learned.

Asked about China's role in the resolution of international problems, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that he evaluates it very simply: no problem in the world can be resolved without China nowadays. “China has become a global country with its own global policy. I know that Xi Jinping will make a statement or a speech about the conflict in Ukraine today or tomorrow. I'd like you to note that it is an unusual step in Chinese politics. The Chinese are scrupulous and careful. They don't meddle where they shouldn't. If they understand that it cannot produce the desired results, they won't take steps in this direction either,” he stressed.

“So, if China decided to voice its stance in this manner, from the mouth of the top government official Xi Jinping, it will have serious consequences. And if this message by the leader of China is not heard by those the message is addressed to, it will have serious consequences as well,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated. “This is why just to get ahead of things I advise those, to whom Xi Jinping will address his words, to take them seriously and take certain steps. It will be a serious voice in the name of peace in this region.”

The head of state is convinced that the forthcoming statement by the Chinese president will not be geared towards confrontation unlike a recent statement by U.S. President Joe Biden in Kiev. “I am convinced that this speech will be the crown of China's entire peace-loving policy. I am 100% convinced of that. It simply cannot be otherwise. It is an example of this peace-loving policy,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that Belarus maintains the same stance: “Our way in Ukraine is the way of peace. The Chinese follow this path. I am 100% convinced that Russians are inclined towards ending this conflict. It is up to Americans – take concrete steps towards peace and there will be peace. China happened to be at the heart of this entire knot today. I once again advise to listen to what Xi Jinping will say about this conflict. In a most attentive manner because this statement by China is a new step, an original step, which will have serious consequences in the world.”

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