"The next step will be the complete destruction of Ukraine": Belarusian President calls on kyiv to stop the war

Alexander Lukashenko called on Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow, saying “everything is really in their hands now, if they want to avoid the death of a large number of people.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko sent a message to Kyiv on Thursday, on the sidelines of the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance led by Russia, made up of neighboring states. He called on Ukraine to negotiate to end the conflict, at the risk of suffering “complete destruction”.

“It will be hard, it will be complex, but if they want to restore peace it must stop, otherwise the next step will be the complete destruction of Ukraine,” said the Kremlin ally.

For him, “everything is in the hands of Ukraine, not because I want to put pressure on Volodymyr Zelensky, but because everything is truly in their hands now, if they want to avoid the death of a large number of people,” he also said.

“Their proposals are reduced to ultimatums”

But “Ukraine does not intend to sit at the negotiating table with Vladimir Putin,” said Yevhen Perebyinis, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister, earlier this week. He recalls that kyiv had warned that it would leave the negotiating table if Moscow held referenda for Russian membership in the conquered regions, which the Kremlin did.

“Their proposals are reduced to ultimatums”, he had launched for Russia, “it sticks to its positions and Ukraine is obliged to accept what happened.”

Alexander Lukashenko, for his part, spoke this week of the difficulties encountered by Moscow in Ukraine. “I feel that we all have the same opinion: if Russia collapses – God forbid – our place will be in the rubble,” he said.

Salome Vincendon

Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist

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