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21 Jul 2017

Belarus president confirms readiness to assist with peaceful resolution of situation in Ukraine

Belarus president confirms readiness to assist with peaceful resolution of situation in Ukraine

KIEV, 21 July (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to assist with the peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement after negotiations with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on 21 July, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state noted that during the negotiations they had spent a lot of time talking about cooperation in the matter of Donetsk Oblast and Lugansk Oblast. “We deliver humanitarian aid to these oblasts. I asked Petro Poroshenko about it. We would like to work there without mediators and using the shortest route possible. I suggested we should do it together if our interests match and these humanitarian convoys coincide,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

“They are our people. We have nothing to split. I thank the president and his colleagues, who have agreed to this step. We are capable of helping our kind of people in distress,” stressed the Belarusian leader. Alexander Lukashenko also noted that his stance on the conflict in Ukraine had not changed. “You have to understand that I’ve never intended to get ahead of myself. I’ve been doing, still do, and will do only what two presidents ask of me,” noted the Belarusian head of state.

In particular, Alexander Lukashenko reminded that a venue for negotiations had been organized in Minsk upon the request of the sides and there were no complaints about it.

“Things will stay like that from now on. Everything the two presidents ask me to do we, Belarusians, will do. We don’t aspire to any glory. What kind of glory are you talking about when people are dying?! You, Ukrainians, should know that you have near and dear people in your life, who live a bit to the north, but are no different from you. If you are having a hard time, we will always help with what we can,” concluded the Belarusian leader.

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