MINSK, 21 July (BelTA) – Despite the situation in the region and the world, I am optimistic about the future, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with AFP in Minsk on 21 July, BelTA has learned.
"I am optimistic because I have children, just like you. I can't help but be optimistic. I want our children to live differently than we do. I want them to live better. This is the basis of my optimism," the head of state said.
"Everything will be all right?" the journalist said.
"If you want this to end well, then it will. Even unexpectedly quickly for you. Seize this moment. NATO, the United States, especially Europe... Listen, why did you, Europe, put your people in this position - the French, the Germans and others. Why?! Let's live in peace!" Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
He urged to stop, find an agreement and end "this thing, operation and war in Ukraine." "Let's stop, and then we will figure out how to live on. Maybe there will come a time in our lifetime when there will be no borders. Things were going that way. People moved freely. Borders were conditional. So let's stop. No need to go any further. Because further is a nuclear abyss. There is no need to go that far," the president said.