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08 April 2024, 14:05

Lukashenko: Russia, Ukraine need peace-loving Belarus

MINSK, 8 April (BelTA) - Belarus could play the role of a third party in the resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he appointed Vladimir Pertsov Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration on 8 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state pointed to the ongoing information war in the region, around Belarus in particular. According to him, there are certain radically-minded forces, Western curators of the Belarusian self-exiled opposition who would like to escalate the situation to an armed confrontation.

“Those poor guys, known as the Kalinovsky regiment, were sent to Ukraine. There are more than a hundred men there. We know how they fight. I do not quite understand the Ukrainians in this situation. Why do they need to aggravate relations with Belarus? Having a third party always comes in handy in a situation when two states, or one nation in fact, have been pitted against each other. In this case it looks like both Russia and Ukraine will need a peace-loving, calm Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“I can see, however, that Volodya Zelensky starts picking on us and framing us as an accessory to some processes,” the president said. “I do not know why Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zelensky is doing this. Look at how the Russian president acts. He is very careful, cautious. He understands that sooner or later peace will come. What kind of peace this will be depends on them. That is not our business. But they will need a calm, peace-loving Belarus.”

“They keep escalating. I cannot lay responsibility at the door of the [Ukrainian] military in this respect. The military act more or less carefully, cautiously, although they are doing their job using dirty means, including all those terrorist acts, attacks and so on. We know it very well from the recent developments on the border with Ukraine,” the Belarusian leader added.
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