15. August 2022

Ukraine war must end to prevent nuclear ‘abyss’, Lukashenko tells AFP

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko Thursday stated Russia, Ukraine and the West must agree to halt the Ukraine battle to keep away from the “abyss of nuclear war” and insisted Kyiv ought to settle for Moscow’s calls for.

“We must stop, reach an agreement, end this mess, operation and war in Ukraine,” Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s prime ally, advised AFP in an unique interview in Minsk.

“There’s no need to go further. Further lies the abyss of nuclear war. There’s no need to go there,” he stated, talking on the 148th day of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine.

“You have fomented the war and are continuing it,” he stated.

“If Russia had not got ahead of you, members of NATO, you would have organised and struck a blow against it,” he stated, echoing Putin.

Belarus has served as a staging floor for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, however Lukashenko has to this point prevented changing into a celebration to the battle.

Analysts say that he’s keenly conscious of the truth that most Belarusians don’t assist sending troops into Ukraine.

“Everything depends on Ukraine,” he stated.

He urged Kyiv authorities to “sit down at the negotiating table and agree that they will never threaten Russia”.

Lukashenko stated that Ukraine must settle for the lack of territory occupied by Russia in japanese and southern Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that peace talks with Ukraine “make no sense”, and introduced that Moscow’s navy goals within the pro-Western nation have been not targeted “only” on the east.

Lukashenko insisted that the war may have been prevented if Western nations had given Putin “the security guarantees” he needed.

“You, members of NATO and Americans, needed war.”

– ‘Not killing individuals’ –

Lukashenko advised AFP that he thought-about his nation to be a part of the battle, nevertheless. 

He stated he allowed 20,000 Russian troops from Siberia and the Far East to use Belarus as a staging floor to assault Ukraine at the beginning of the war.

“Do you want to say that I had to sit and wait until rockets start falling on the heads of the Belarusian people? No!”

“I shut the western and the southwestern border near Brest,” he stated. “So that you, the NATO troops, primarily the Poles being pushed by the Americans, do not stab the Russians in the back. I couldn’t allow it.”

“It is you who are fighting there, your mercenaries and your weapons,” he added.

“Yes, we treated the wounded. The dead were taken to Belarus,” he stated. 

Lukashenko stated he didn’t plan to recognise as unbiased Ukraine’s separatist areas of Donetsk and Lugansk or Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Despite his heavy financial and navy dependence on Russia, he insisted he was no “puppet”.

He additionally denounced Western financial penalties on his nation and Moscow.


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