The armed conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine must be resolved as soon as possible. This statement on Monday, January 14, at a meeting with the leader of the Ukrainian Choice movement, Viktor Medvedchuk, was made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko , BelTA informs.
“This misunderstanding (otherwise you will not name it) should be completed. Fraternal republics, nations … We make our enemies and rivals a gift with their own hands, ”the Belarusian leader said.
The President of Belarus explained that he was interested in an early resolution of the conflict and for personal reasons. “For me, this is important not only because I personally am a fan of what is happening there, but also because this is our native Ukraine. I served, I have been there many times, and I don’t hide that my ancient roots go somewhere there, between Chernigov and Kiev, ”added Lukashenko.
In addition, he stressed, there is a factor of relations between Minsk and Kiev. “Another basis for everything is our relationship with Ukraine. And at the beginning of this conflict, according to our data, and we clearly kept records, up to 150 thousand people rushed in the flow from Ukraine. And we provided them with equal conditions and rights with our Belarusians. Although it was not easy. But, thank God, everything turned out okay. Someone came back, someone goes back and forth, and someone settled, lives and works here as our loved ones, relatives. There are also negative factors of the events that are happening there, ”said Lukashenko.
In 2018 Lukashenka several times stated that Belarus is ready to join in the conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and to take to ensure peace for themselves. In December, the Belarusian leader said that his proposals for control on the Russian-Ukrainian border and the holding of elections in the Donbass (Minsk was ready to take control of the border, as well as accompany the elections in the region) did not find support from President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko .