Lukashenko, a long-time Kremlin ally, on Thursday stated his forces had entered Ukraine to “free” Belarusian individuals — truck drivers — who had been being captured there.
State-run information company BelTA cited the president as saying: “It acquired to the purpose that these scoundrels started to seize our individuals there, primarily drivers…that occurred to be there on the time.
“I warned the Ukrainians that we’d be compelled to hold out an operation to free these individuals. We carried out such a particular operation and freed all our individuals.”
The 67-year outdated authoritarian chief on Thursday additionally stated his nation have to be concerned in negotiations to resolve the warfare in Ukraine and that he anticipated to carry talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin within the coming days.
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In line with BelTA, he advised members of the Safety Council at a gathering in Minsk: “There could be no separate agreements behind Belarus’s again.
“Because you dragged us into this — principally Western nations — the place of Belarus naturally must be heard at these negotiations.”
Lukashenko claimed Belarus’s armed forces will not be participating and won’t participate within the army battle began by Moscow on February 24, and asserted Belarus had been unfairly dubbed “an confederate of the aggressor”.
The weekend earlier than the start of the warfare, Lukashenko and Putin sat subsequent to 1 one other observing launches of missiles from the big screens within the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Defence Ministry.
In an interview with the Japanese tv channel TBS on March 19, he claimed: “He (Putin) and I have not solely met as heads of state, we’re on pleasant phrases.”
Footage shared by state information company BelTA reveals him saying: “I am completely aware of all his particulars, so far as potential, each state and private.”
Though Minsk insists it isn’t a participant within the battle, stressing “we don’t want this warfare”, the EU, US and others have included Belarus within the sweeping sanctions imposed on Russia.
BelTA quoted Lukashenko as saying: “Because of this battle between two Slavic peoples, we’re those who could undergo probably the most.”
Then, as he complained about Minsk not being a part of rounds of peace talks between delegations from Kyiv and Moscow, which have been held in Belarus and Istanbul, he stated: “Allow them to maintain talks there.
“The primary factor is for there to be a outcome. As a result of, I stress once more, warfare causes nice hurt to Belarus.”
He argued the talks in Istanbul had been the results of “stress from the West on Ukraine, to not go to Belarus at any price”.
Overseas Minister Vladimir Makei, going a step additional, stated Lukashenko himself “should take part within the [final] assembly”.