Lukashenka vows that Belarus will do everything for peace in Ukraine

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Friday reiterated his pledge that Belarus would do everything possible for peace and stability in Ukraine.

“We’ll do everything we can for peace and stability in Ukraine, which is a brotherly country for us,” the Belarusian leader told reporters in Kyiv following his talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Mr. Lukashenka stressed that his stance on the conflict in the east of Ukraine had not changed. “I’ve done and will continue to do only what the two presidents ask me to do. “Petro Oleksiyovych [Poroshenko] and Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] asked me to organize that meeting in Minsk [the Normandy Four meeting in Minsk in February 2015]. That wasn’t my initiative. I was told to do this and I did this. There were no complaints. Afterwards, Petro Oleksiyovych asked me to arrange for the Contact Group [on Ukraine] to hold its meetings in Minsk. I did this as well. Do you have any complaints?”

This will always be the case, Mr. Lukashenka stressed. “We, Belarusians, will do everything that the two presidents ask us to do. We don’t seek laurels. How can one talk about laurels when people die? No one will get laurels from this. That’s why you, Ukrainians, should know that there are people who are close and brotherly to you. If you have hard times, we’ll help you all we can.”