Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko says Russian chief has achieved ‘targets’ in Ukraine and it’s now time to barter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is not pushing Belarus into becoming a member of the battle in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned, however he warned that Minsk would reply to exterior aggression together with using Russia’s nuclear weapons deployed in his nation.
In a web-based interview revealed on Thursday, Lukashenko mentioned that he believed Putin had already achieved his targets in Ukraine, and that Kyiv and Moscow ought to sit right down to negotiations and be prepared to debate all the problems, together with the way forward for Crimea and different Ukrainian territories Russia claims.
“Its [Russia’s] targets have already been fulfilled to this point. Ukraine won’t ever behave so aggressively in the direction of Russia after the tip of this battle, because it did earlier than the battle,” Lukashenko mentioned within the interview.
“Negotiations ought to start with out preconditions. This can be a traditional of any diplomacy. I feel so. We have to sit down on the negotiating desk and focus on the whole lot. And Crimea, and Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk. Every little thing there must be mentioned,” he mentioned.
Lukashenko, certainly one of Putin’s closest allies, whose nation borders Ukraine, Russia and three NATO nations together with Poland, mentioned the Russian chief had no purpose to contain Belarus immediately within the battle.
“To contain Belarus … What’s going to that give? Nothing,” he mentioned.
“For those who Ukrainians don’t cross our border, we are going to by no means take part on this battle. On this sizzling battle. However we are going to at all times assist Russia – they’re our allies,” he mentioned within the interview with Diana Panchenko, a pro-Russian Ukrainian journalist.
There have been direct contacts between Kyiv and Minsk, however Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had put a halt to it, Lukashenko additionally mentioned.
In response to Lukashenko, the matters mentioned included potential Belarus involvement within the battle on Russia’s facet, potential use of nuclear weapons and Wagner Group mercenaries, now stationed in Belarus.
“These questions collected. However we had these contacts, [and] we talked. We don’t thoughts. And there are nonetheless proposals to proceed this dialogue,” he mentioned.
Lukashenko warned that he would use “the whole lot we’ve got” if confronted with aggression from close by NATO members.
“There could be just one menace – aggression towards our nation. If aggression towards our nation begins from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, we are going to reply immediately with the whole lot we’ve got,” he mentioned.
“Towards Ukraine, if it commits aggression towards us – not solely nuclear weapons shall be used. We’ve got one thing in addition to nuclear weapons. And we won’t warn you that should you cross the crimson strains, we are going to strike on the decision-making centres. This shall be performed with out warning,” he mentioned.