Belarusian President: Russia, U.S. should sit down at negotiating table, stop Ukrainian war

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has called on Moscow and Washington to hold talks in order to stop the armed conflict in Ukraine.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has called on Moscow and Washington to hold talks in order to stop the armed conflict in Ukraine.

"Russia and the U.S. must sit down at the negotiating table and stop this war," Belarusian state media quoted him as telling two radio stations, Euroradio and Svaboda, and tut.by, an online-news website, in an interview in Minsk on Aug. 4.

Today all parties agree that the U.S. should join the effort to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, the president said.

"Yesterday I told Congressmen: if the U.S. is keen on peace in Ukraine and ready to make concrete steps towards that peace, it will come there as the peacekeeper and be able to agree with Russia," Lukashenko said.

Furthermore, Europe will not mind if the issue is resolved in favor of peace, he said. "This is my point of view and not everyone in Russia might accept it," the Belarusian president said.

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