- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Lukashenko Calls for Diplomacy After Russia’s Objectives Met in Ukraine Conflict
Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, has asserted that Moscow has achieved its goals in what Russia refers to as a “special military operation” against Ukraine. In an interview posted on YouTube by Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko, who is known for her pro-Russian views, Lukashenko emphasized the need for diplomatic discussions between the conflicting parties to address various issues, including the future status of Crimea and other regions claimed by Russia.
Lukashenko stated, “The objectives of the Special Military Operation have been met thus far. Following the cessation of hostilities, Ukraine’s approach towards Russia is expected to be less confrontational compared to the period before the conflict. Ukraine will undergo a transformation. Primarily, its leadership will consist of individuals who are more prudent, intelligent, and shrewd, if you will—people who recognize the value of harmonious neighborly relations.”
The Belarusian leader highlighted the importance of beginning negotiations without preconditions and following established diplomatic principles. He emphasized that these discussions should encompass a wide range of topics, including Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Lugansk.
Lukashenko also clarified that he was not coerced by Russian President Vladimir Putin into involving Belarus in the Ukrainian conflict. He stated that he had no prior knowledge of Moscow’s intentions. Lukashenko mentioned that a few days before the invasion, Putin requested Belarus’s support in case of contingencies. Additionally, he expressed concerns about the potential for the Russian military to occupy southern Ukraine up to the Moldovan border. He also raised the possibility of a threat to Ukraine from Poland on its western flank.
The Belarusian President concluded by expressing his anticipation of Putin’s re-election as Russia’s president in the upcoming elections, projected to occur within six months. Lukashenko’s perspective underscores the evolving dynamics in the ongoing Ukraine conflict and the role neighboring countries like Belarus perceive themselves playing in the resolution of the crisis.
Article by Prague Forum