Belarusian president calls for ‘truce’ and talks between Ukraine and Russia

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russia, called this Friday March 31 for a “truce” in Ukraine and talks “without preconditions” between Moscow and Kyiv.

“We have to stop now, before the escalation begins. I take the risk of suggesting a cessation of hostilities”said Alexander Lukashenko during a speech to the nation. “It is possible – and necessary – to settle all territorial, reconstruction, security and other issues at the negotiating table without preconditions”he added.

Alexander Lukashenko, who holds the West and Ukraine responsible for the conflict, also said he feared a war ” nuclear “ because of Western support for kyiv, as Vladimir Putin earlier announced his intention to deploy nuclear weapons “tactics” in Belarus.

“There is only one solution: negotiations”

“Because of the United States and its satellites, a total war has been unleashed” in Ukraine, he said, believing that from then on, “Nuclear fires lurk on the horizon”.

“You all understand and know that there is only one solution: negotiations! Negotiations without preconditions »he hammered.

Emphasizing that the "military-industrial complex is running at full speed in Russia" and that Ukraine was "inundated with Western weapons"Alexander Lukashenko expressed concern about a « escalade » next which will cause many deaths.

Belarus is not a direct party to the conflict in Ukraine, but lent its territory to the Russian army for its offensive on the Ukrainian capital last year and to carry out strikes, according to Kiev.

Moscow and Minsk also conducted joint exercises and created a military grouping consisting of soldiers from both countries.

Mediation without result

President Putin announced last weekend his intention to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus "tactics"an announcement that caused concern in Ukraine and the West.

Russia and Ukraine had held talks in 2022 but these fell short in the face of intransigence on both sides. Subsequent attempts at mediation yielded no results.

Moscow believes that the conflict can only end if kyiv yields to its demands, in particular that Ukraine accepts the annexation of five of its regions.

For its part, kyiv believes that the prerequisite for peace is the withdrawal of Russian forces from its territory, without exception.

Source : Nouvelobs

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