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09 December 2022, 15:05

Lukashenko: Putin and I have never discussed specific territories such as Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk

BISHKEK, 9 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and President of Russia Vladimir Putin have never discussed matters concerning specific territories, in particular, Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk, and Zaporozhye. The Belarusian head of state mentioned it while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Union summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state stressed that meetings with the Russian leader had always focused primarily on the need to hold negotiations for the sake of ending the conflict in Ukraine: “We've always talked about a treaty, about stopping the war, about ending the war. All in all, we've always talked about it. If you remember my statements and his that Zelenskyy is simply not allowed to do it.”

“We've talked along these lines. But we've never discussed specific territories: Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk, and so on, who should liberate whom…” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

The head of state is convinced that if the Ukraine president is going to demand that Russia should withdraw from the territories of Kherson, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, and Donetsk, then it means there will be no negotiations. “It is a preliminary condition that is not acceptable to Russia. For now it seems to me that Russia cannot accept these terms at all: withdraw from Zaporozhye, Kherson, and so on. One should not demand such things of the Russian Federation. Due to many reasons,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

“If you want peace, you have to sit at the negotiation table and quietly and calmly discuss all the matters: who should liberate what – either Russia or Ukraine. If these steps are not taken, it means they don't want these negotiations and talks,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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