"The resolution of the conflict in Donbass is a key to security in Europe" - President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko stated at the Minsk international conference "European Security: Stepping Back from the Brink" on October 8.
"People are still dying in brotherly Ukraine. The region cannot find a way out from social, economic and humanitarian chaos. We, Europeans and non-Europeans, have gathered together to discuss certain issues in Europe. This is a litmus test. If we can do something, let's sort things out in our home and resolve the issue. The conflict in Ukraine is not just a challenge for us, it demands resolution. If we resolve it, it will mean that we are capable of something. If not, we will come together in Minsk, Moscow, Paris, Berlin or anywhere else and talk… to little effect though", - Lukashenko stated.
He noted that during a recent meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in Zhytomyr, "I realized that the president of Ukraine is a true and strong person, a patriot of his native country".
"He is a normal and responsible politician who wants to solve the European problem which he inherited. He is prepared for difficult solutions for the sake of peace. And we support him", - Lukashenko said.
He stressed that "we left Zelensky one on one with this heavy burden, with these problems, not his problems".
"Do you see what is going on in Kyiv? Certain forces are using this process to pressurize the new government and the new president. And Europe remains silent (you know who I am speaking about), from East and West. They are just throwing stones at this young man in pursuit of their own interests. Wake up at last. The war is not only in Ukraine, it is here, in our home. And we must solve the problem. If the Normandy Four is capable of something, they should have gathered together to make decisions long ago", - Lukashenko said.
"To find a resolution, if you like. But I doubt it. I was engaged in the process and I know how it is solved: everybody tries to get political points. But how? At the expense of old people and children’s lives? Only old people and children stayed there. All people who could flee from that region have already done it. We must solve this problem!", - the President of Belarus pointed out.
He added: "At the same time, I think that the conflict in Ukraine cannot be resolved without the participation of the USA".
"It is essential to stop the war and restore Donbass, not only to restore Donbass. There are big problems in Ukraine. That war and the whole situation had a negative on Ukraine's economy. The country needs help. If we are capable of something, let's address the problem. Let's take action. Make your politicians address this problem", - Lukashenko urged.
He also pointed out: "And do not say that this is not the conflict of Russia and Ukraine. People in the know have gathered together at this forum, none of them needs such statements".
"No one will reproach the president of Ukraine for the lack of effort. However, a lot depends on us. And we must share this burden, we must take a big part of it, to resolve the problem", - Lukashenko concluded.
As reported, the Kremlin responded to Lukashenko's words that the Russian Federation is a party to the conflict in the Donbass.