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6 Apr 2020

Lukashenko: Too many obstacles for Ukraine peace process

Lukashenko: Too many obstacles for Ukraine peace process
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Pertsov

MINSK, 6 April (BelTA) – The settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine is complicated by many factors, therefore the process is making little headway,” Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in an interview to the Interstate TV and Radio Company Mir on 2 April, BelTA has learned. 

When asked, what can make the parties to the conflict come to terms, the head of state noted that in his view it will be very difficult to do it now. According to the president, this is also due to different viewpoints of the elites in Ukraine. “The president [Vladimir Zelensky] would probably take some steps, but they would not just let him do it, they would put him out of the way. Ukrainians need to make up their mind, because the war is in their territory,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state is confident that a dialogue is the solution. At the same time he noted that many parties got involved. “The process is fraught with difficulties,” the president believes.

Aleksandr Lukashenko reiterated his point that it would be difficult to do anything without the consent of the USA. “In fact, Americans supported Ukrainians and helped them in many ways over this time. Of course, they pursued their own interests,” he noted.

The president recalled that Belarus also tried to help resolve the conflict by offering a negotiating platform. “Hardly anyone can find a fault with us. We approached both sides and did everything to achieve peace. However, peace is too far away from us. This process is moving slowly. Many countries got involved. I think that the pandemic and coronavirus will only make the situation worse,” the Belarusian leader underlined.

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