The visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to Belarus is canceled and the economic forum which is planned for October 2020 is postponed for the next year as Ambassador of Belarus to Ukraine Igor Sokol reported.
“The Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine in Grodno in October was planned as the major event in the bilateral track. I would like to emphasize that initially, it has a solely economic nature…The official visit of Volodymyr Zelensky to Belarus was elaborated…Literally, recently, the Ukrainian side appealed to us with the initiative to postpone the forum for 2021,” Sokol said.
According to the ambassador, in the result of the cancelation of the forum, the joint preparatory work was ended.
“Firstly, the economies of our countries, interregional links and relations between common people will suffer. It is easy to destroy; it is much more difficult to build. If the leadership of Ukraine ‘paused’ the relationship, then, we will continue to communicate with regions, cities, village councils, business. We are ready for it,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated about the interference of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania in the affairs of the country.
Lukashenko also stated that Ukraine became an outpost for the political provocations aiming against Minsk.
As it was reported earlier, mass protests in Belarus against the results of the presidential elections proceed. Security forces detain protesters as well as opposition leaders. The European Union is demanding Alexander Lukashenko to release detainees and respect the rights of citizens to peaceful protest. People died during the rallies. The exact number is unknown.