The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko assured that the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin does not want the escalation of the Donbas conflict. The president stated this on the press conference in Minsk, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
“I told both presidents: “You two decide in what direction to go with the agreement, and we will go this way if it is acceptable for the both of you”. But if they both do not reach an agreement, it will be no use to interfere. It will be in vain. That’s why it’s crucial for them to come to an agreement. Everything depends on both presidents, maybe, on the Ukrainian one a little bit more”, - Lukashenko said.
At the same time, the president of Belarus believes that the first steps in order to settle the conflict down should be made by the Ukrainian president.
“I think the current Ukrainian president could be less ambitious, after the presidential elections, maybe. President Putin, I know for sure, does not want an escalation of the conflict. He needs, it is rather understood from the current situation, everything to be settled down on good terms for both parties. However, the first steps should be made by the president of Ukraine. Either Zelenskyi or Poroshenko, I have already told that Poroshenko should do something because the fire is in his house”, - Lukashenko added.
As we reported earlier, The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes that the progress of the negotiations between the Normandy format on settling down the Donbas conflict could be reached provided the USA take part in the negotiations.
The president of Belarus added that Belarus is ready for more active participation in negotiations.
“If you need our more active participation in the negotiations - just tell. I hate mediocrity and to meddle myself in, where it is not needed. You just tell us what to do and we will, I don’t want to be blamed for interfering in another country's business with my peacekeeping presence. I can’t stand this. But if there is something we can do, we will do our best”, - Lukashenko added.