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03 June 2024, 09:41

Lukashenko responds to criticism over Russia’ special military operation, Belarus’ support

ULAANBAATAR, 3 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, in his statement following the talks with Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, responded to the criticism present in Mongolia in connection with Russia's special military operation and Belarus’ support of Russia, BelTA has learned.

“I have read the entire media review. I especially paid attention to the journalists of Mongolia. I can see that they are simply biased by one side. They do not see the whole picture. Not all of them but individual journalists do. And such opinions are spread in the society. Do not make us enemies of the Mongolian people. We are your closest friends. The president [of Mongolia] and I will prove that we can do a lot in the economy together. No less than the empires you border and developed countries. I am eager to do this and we will definitely do what we plan,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. 

In his words, a part of the population in Mongolia negatively perceived the assistance provided by Belarus to its ally - Russia - in connection with the special military operation in Ukraine. He explained the essence of the ongoing processes to the Mongolian audience and drew some parallels.

Being a historian by education, the president recalled the leader of the Mongolian Empire Genghis Khan, who fought for the country and protected his people. “They died on the battlefield by the thousands. If someone dared to offend his warrior, he swept away settlements and their residents with sword and fire,” he said. “What happened between Ukraine and Russia? The same thing.

The head of state spoke about the collapse of the Soviet Union, to which, among other things, the West, led by the United States, had a hand. “The Soviet Union, with which you [Mongolia] cooperated. No one says anything bad about it. Those who remember this cooperation. There were different times, but in general the cooperation was good,” the Belarusian leader said.

After the collapse of the USSR, there was an agreement that the West would not move any power bloc to the Belarusian and Russian borders. Exactly the opposite happened. They started to create a springboard in Ukraine for attacking Belarus and Russia, began to impose sanctions.

“The first to impose sanctions against us was Ukraine. Our dear, friendly Ukraine. My roots are there. Why? The West ordered sanctions against us,” the head of state said. “We did not attack them, we did not order them how to live.”

Continuing the historical parallel with how Genghis Khan defended his people, the head of state recalled how they in Ukraine, already in the modern times, began to burn people in houses. “Take a look at Odessa, how Russian people were burned there. Russian society began to pressurize president Putin and the authorities to protect the people. “There is a parallel here. Putin protected his people there,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The Normandy format talks were held in Minsk in 2015 and good agreements were reached. However, they were not implemented by Ukraine, and the West said that it was just such a move to give time to arm against Russia.

“How should Russia have behaved? Why do Mongolians today, having a parallel with Genghis Khan, whom you admire (and I supported the president here - this is a great page of your great history, you are proud of it), condemn Russia? And especially Belarus which acted as a guarantor of the peace talks?” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also recalled how peace agreements were initialed after the start of the special military operation and several rounds of peace talks, including in Belarus. However, at the insistence of the West, they were rejected, and the West does not allow to stop the confrontation today. 

“Russians do not want this war. I know it well. Why not sit down at the negotiating table? Why not come to an agreement? The USA wants to drown Russia in this confrontation and war with Ukraine. They want Russia to be at war with Ukraine so that they have time to deal with China. That is the essence of their policy. I would like Mongolia to understand this. I want you to listen not only to what the Americans and Westerners tell, but to see the real picture,” the Belarusian leader said.

He added that Russia is an allied country for Belarus, with which the country has a joint group of forces. “These are our closest kin nation. We think and speak the same language. Therefore, I acted according to all legally signed treaties. Didn’t the Westerners, the Americans know that? They knew it. I do not want people to die. We are doing and will do everything to make peace there. If the USA agrees on peace, it will be there tomorrow. But they do not want it. So please sort out who is guilty here and who is right,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
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