Lukashenko on Normandy format: If USA takes part in negotiations, progress will be much faster

Source : 112 Ukraine

The president of Belarus believes that Americans should participate in negotiations between the Normandy contact group
08:32, 2 March 2019


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 stated this on the press conference in Minsk, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

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“Concerning the Normandy format, I already told that till the American authorities do not take part in this process and do not support the existing format and negotiations that have already taken place - nothing will change. Exactly this happened. What role do Americans play? Well, I think you know better. I am afraid this role to be the aggressive one. Very afraid. That’s why I openly urged to invite Americans to the negotiations to the meeting of Normandy contact group. I’m sure that, if they supported this process, the progress would be seen much faster. However, now it’s far from being successful, actually, it’s quite the opposite, as for me”, - Lukashenko said.

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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.  

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