MINSK, 21 July (BelTA) – The United Arab Emirates acting as a mediator for building a dialogue between Belarus and the European Union would be acceptable. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during an interview with the Arab-speaking TV channel Sky News Arabia on 19 July, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko was asked whether some dialogue or mediation were available for building the dialogue between Belarus and the European Union. He responded: “As for the dialogue with Europe, you can see what kind of dialogue we have. They are accusing us, and we are trying to clear ourselves or prove them wrong. It is hard to describe it as a dialogue in this situation. As for mediators, I don't like mediation at all. I prefer a dialogue without mediators, so that the conversation is not distorted.”
Yet Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that if the United Arab Emirates and the UAE leaders wanted to act as mediators in this dialogue, he would not turn down the proposal. He said: “Because they are objective and honest people. This is why if Europeans accept your proposal for the dialogue and for the mediation, then the Emirates could become such a mediator. I am in favor of it.”