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Belarus's Lukashenko, Ukraine's Medvedchuk discuss settlement of Ukraine-Russia conflict

"It is important for me not only because I personally root for what is going on there, but also for it’s our dear Ukraine," the President of Belarus explained
15:19, 14 January 2019

Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, discuss situation in Ukraine with political and public figure Viktor Medvedchuk, January 14, 2018
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Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko confirms his position on the need to settle the conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible, as he said at the meeting with Ukrainian political and public figure Viktor Medvedchuk, as BELTA reported.

“It is misunderstanding (no other words), it should be ended. Brother republics, nations… We are making a present to our enemies and opponents with our own hands,” the Head of the State said.

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Lukashenko said it was important for him to know Medvedchuk’s position on different issues, including those existing in Ukraine.

 “It is important for me not only because I personally root for what is going on there, but also for it’s our dear Ukraine. I have served and been there many times, I do not hide that my ancient roots go somewhere there, between Chernihiv and Kyiv. Besides, out relationships with Ukraine make the basis. According to our information, up to 150,000 people left Ukraine when the conflict began. And we provided them with conditions equal to those the Belarusians have. Though it was difficult. But thanks to God everything went fine. Some people returned, some go back and forth, some live and work here as our relatives. There are some negative aspects of these events. I always mention them when I speak publicly,” Lukashenko said.

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The Head of the State noted that he knew Medvedchul’s position on settlement of situation between Russia and Ukraine.

“You have information about politics, about this internal political cuisine emerging there. The information you have is quite important for us in terms of our further behavior. I would like you to guide me in this situation,” Lukashenko said.

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In his turn, Medvedchuk thanked for the opportunity to meet and for the kind words about Ukraine.

“Indeed, our country is going through some troubles right now. And I would like to stress your personal role and Belarus’ role in a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. Belarus provided a talks platform, world-famous Minsk Agreements were signed. Despite the fact that unfortunately they are not being obligated,  this is the only agreement as a peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict. Both sides realize that the peace will come only under the conditions provided by this agreement,” the politician said. He added that since 2014 he himself takes part in the negotiations process, and visits Minsk quite often.

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“For many Ukrainians, who want peace in Donbas, Minsk has become not only a platform of fraternal and friendly Belarusian nation, but also a hope, that peaceful settlement will finally come true,” Medvedchuk added.

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