MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – I am ready to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked to foreign and Belarusian journalists in Minsk on 16 February, BelTA has learned.
Answering journalists' questions, Aleksandr Lukashenko revealed the details of the upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. "Why is Biden going to Poland?” the head of state asked a question. “Why Poland? We're cool with that. But if he is willing we are ready to host him in Minsk and to have a serious conversation (please convey this to him through your channels). If he wants peace in Ukraine.
The head of state also said that he was ready to hold a joint meeting with Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden: "Even Putin will fly over to Minsk for the trilateral meeting: two ‘aggressors' and the ‘peace loving' president. Why not? For the sake of ending the war. If he wants to stop the war (Poland is nearby, I will send a plane, if anything, a Boeing for him), and we will host him. We have international airports. His air force one can land here. Clinton visited us once. Here, in your presence, the three of us (I guarantee you that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin will come) will sit down and solve the problem. We will be able to solve all the issues here."
"But, alas, he won't come. Though he should for the sake of ending the war, for preventing further loss of life. He will stay in Poland, because Poland is the hyena of Europe and plays the most active role in escalating the war in Ukraine today. Poland is the loudest today, even louder than the United States. So I invite you and your president over to Minsk. We will ensure complete security, safety and comfort. And, most importantly, he will not regret this visit. Let's see how things may turn out," the president added.
"I can convince Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin of something, but not your Biden ... We'll see. We are announcing all over the world that the Belarusian president has invited him to Belarus. It is next to Warsaw, 30 minutes away by air. I invite the Russian president and Biden over to Minsk to sit down and talk. If he [the president of the United States] does not come to Minsk (I am dead serious about it), then it will mean that you want war. I guarantee you that I will persuade President Putin to fly over to Minsk so that the three of us sit down and think about what can be done. Or maybe, if Biden is willing, we will invite Zelensky too. He can fly right over the border, not through Warsaw. The Russians and I will guarantee his safe trip to Belarus. 40 minutes and he's here. From Kiev to Minsk," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.