MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) – It is important to stop the conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible. Time to discuss the positions of the parties will come later, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview with AP, BelTA has learned.
"This conflict must be stopped, no one needs it. People are dying. It must be stopped. I know Russia's position 100%. I assume what position the West holds. Interests have already clashed here, and you do not deny it either," the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed the importance of ending the conflict. "I would like the West to pay heed. Whether Putin is bad or good, whether Russia did right or wrong... It is not the time to discuss it now! Now we need to stop the war! We'll sort everything out later. Take this step towards the ‘bad' Putin, take this step. No one needs the war. It's bad, it needs to be stopped. I say this all the time here, in Belarus. If I got involved in the war, things would be very difficult for me here. Our people do not accept war, I do not accept it. I do not want this war," the head of state said.
He stressed that the conflict in Ukraine, if not stopped, can reach a qualitatively different level: "Now is the time when this conflict is moving to a qualitatively new level, and then it will be difficult to stop it. And God forbid, things escalate into a nuclear conflict. It will be it! So let's stop it."