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16 May 2022, 15:33

Lukashenko: West wants to prolong conflict in Ukraine as much as possible

MOSCOW, 16 May (BelTA) – The West and the United States want to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible and supply the country with weapons for this purpose, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Moscow on 16 May, BelTA has learned.

"We expected that the West, and above all the United States, would make use of Russia's well-known proposal to launch the negotiations on security guarantees. Sooner or later, this process will still begin. But what will remain of Ukraine and our region by then is the question. So far, we see a desire from the West, including Washington, to prolong the conflict as much as possible. To do this, they are pumping Ukraine with weapons. The goals are clear: to weaken Russia as much as possible by getting it bogged in this war, or maybe to make the war wider. We see this too," the president said.

"If this is the plan, then, probably, no one will be able to sit it out," the Belarusian leader stressed.

The most dangerous trend in Ukraine is attempts to dismember the country, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. "Thousand-strong units have already been formed in order to enter Ukraine and ‘protect' it under the guise of peacekeepers,” he noted.

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