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MINSK, April 29. /TASS/. Belarus took the role of "a peacemaking capital" not only because it improves the country’s reputation, but also because Minsk was in fact "dragged into war" in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Wednesday.
"The main thing is that war today is in full swing not in the Golan Heights, in Libya, in Iraq, where they are bombing. It is not even that the war is near us. The war is right here. There is no shooting war yet [right here], by a shooting war is in full swing near us. And we have already been dragged into it," Lukashenko said.
"Our people are already fighting - some of them for one side, others for another. For now, there are only few of them. If they want to fight and die for $10,000 - it’s their choice, they may go ahead. This is not what is scary. War will end, and those militants, with blood on their hands, will return home," the Belarusian president noted.
"I do not want Belarusians to go there, to that bloodbath, and die there. It only contributes to conflict escalation," Lukashenko said. This hot spot in eastern Ukraine is the problem of Belarus as well, he added. Minsk should do everything possible to prevent the escalation in Donbas so that the war does not spill over the borders to other countries, the Belarusian leader stressed.