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Belarus president calls not to exaggerate Minsk's role in Ukrainian conflict settlement

December 30, 2015, 21:34 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, December 30. /TASS/. Belarus has always supported peaceful resolution of conflicts, including that of the Ukrainian crisis, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.

The position of Belarus can be welcomed, because the Belarusian leadership has always and everywhere supported peace. He said Belarus is against war, against any conflicts no matter where - in Ukraine, Syria, Libya or Iraq, Lukashenko said, quoted by the BelTA news agency.

Speaking about Ukrainian affairs, the head of state said he believed "we should not exaggerate our role in resolving the conflict". "Our stance can be welcomed because Belarus has always spoken in favour of peace," the president said. "We don't welcome wars or any conflicts whether that be conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Lebanon, Iran. We don't accept such things. It is our stance."

According to him, "the things that happened in Minsk… You know I'd say they had to happen in Minsk because there is no other country, which can be a more ardent proponent of peace. The victory that happened 70 years ago is the foundation of it," Lukashenko said.

Speaking about the Minsk agreements and peace meetings in Belarus on Ukrainian affairs, the president said: "This is why the event that happened was very important - primarily for Ukraine, for Russia, for our continent, for this region. But it gave a prompt, gave the reason, not even a reason but a prompt - as a gift for the West - to lift all kinds of sanctions on us. They needed some powerful prompt of the kind and they used the opportunity once they had it."

"Frankly speaking, they - the present European politicians, the United States - should be thanked for it. For their grabbing the chance, this occasion for us and for them to go away from this confrontation with Belarus," said the Belarusian president.

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