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26 Aug 2014

Lukashenko: Primary task today is to stop bloodshed at all costs

Lukashenko: Primary task today is to stop bloodshed at all costs

MINSK, 26 August (BelTA) - Task number one today is to stop the bloodshed at all costs, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting of the Presidents of the customs “troika”, the EU high representatives and Ukraine, BelTA has learned.

"Today, the worst thing is that the word “war” once again became part of the everyday life of ordinary Europeans, politicians. Common sense is pushed aside. All or most of the problems are now attempted to be solved using guns. Previously these things happened far away, somewhere in other continents, in other regions. Today, this is happening in our common home,” said the Belarusian leader.

"We are all Europeans. What do we have to fight for in our common home? We must do all we can to make sure this house remain intact. The primary objective is to stop the bloodshed at all costs, to achieve peace. War is a road to nowhere, a dead-end, which is extremely difficult to get out,” Alexander Lukashenko underlined.

“Spiraling mutual accusations, ultimatums and sanctions may create new dividing lines and inflict real deep wounds on the body of Europe. And this means further escalation of tensions that could lead to irreversible consequences for the entire continent," said the Belarusian head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the meeting in the format Customs Union-Ukraine-EU is held for the first time. “The fact that we sat down at the negotiating table is worth a lot," said the Belarusian leader.

The Belarusian President expressed his profound conviction that the solution to the economic differences will also contribute to the settlement of the situation in Ukraine. He believes that it is necessary to work most constructively in that direction.

“I hope and believe that today's meeting will give the impetus for effective dialogue, search for a compromise and real steps towards the normalization of the situation in Ukraine and cooperation across Europe,” said Alexander Lukashenko. He stressed that Belarus is prepared to host, at any time, subsequent rounds of negotiations, if necessary.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that about 170 journalists representing 72 media outlets from two dozen countries came to Minsk to cover the meeting. "The peoples of Europe, politicians of many countries are waiting for positive signals from Minsk," the Belarusian President said.

In this regard, he proposed the draft final document of the meeting and suggested finalizing it, if necessary, and signing it.

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