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Lukashenko Describes Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Conflict Between Russia And Ukraine

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Lukashenko Describes Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Conflict Between Russia And Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is seen during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Minsk, Belarus June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/Pool

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says that the conflict in eastern Ukraine developing since 2014 is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

“And do not say after me that this is not a conflict between Russia and Ukraine. And, do not ignore the leaders of the LPR and the DPR – the unrecognized, <…> they also cannot be ignored,” he said at the Minsk Dialogue Forum on Tuesday, according to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.

“The key thing is that the main conflict sides, Ukraine and Russia, should start a consideration of this conflict and make decisions.”

The Belarusian leader added that the conflict in eastern Ukraine cannot be solved without the participation of the US in negotiations. Washington, according to Lukashenko, is deep inside diplomatic and economic processes in Ukraine.

“You know how [deep] the United States is involved not only in the questions of Crimea, the Donbass, the integrity of Ukraine, but also in general – both political and economic processes. And the Americans no longer reject it,” Lukashenko said.

“It won’t be possible to resolve the conflict without the participation of the United States.”

Lukashenko also drew attention to the danger of confrontation between the ‘East’ and the ‘West’. He noted the relations between the ‘sides’ had already reached the limit.

He noted that Belarus welcomes certain progress in the resolution of the conflict, particularly, regarding the exchange of prisoners and some decisions made at the meeting of the trilateral contact group in Minsk. Nonetheless, this progress appears to be not enough.

“If someone thinks that the ice broke up, they are wrong. It did not break up and will not break up unless we give a push,” Lukashenko said. “Why? Because we left Zelensky one on one with this heavy burden, with these problems, not his problems.”

“Do you see what is going on in Kiev? Certain forces are using this process to pressurize the new government and the new president. And Europe remains silent (you know who I am speaking about), from East and West. They are just throwing stones at this young man in pursuit of their own interests.”

Over the past years, the Belarusian leadership has played an important role in efforts to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and create a format where the sides concerned over the situation could reach a political settlement. A public position of Germany and France, which are not interested in an open hot conflict in Eastern Europe, confirm that the EU understands the importance of Minsk and the positive impact of actions of President Lukashenko.

Belarus clearly sees the role and place of the US, the current world police officer, within the Ukraine questions. The role and influence of the US in Ukraine has been confirmed by recent developments over the ‘Biden-gate’. The Biden clan case is just one of the multiple examples of the current state of the foreign control over Ukraine’s economic and political life. At the same time, Minsk understands that the direct involvement of the US in talks on the conflict in Ukraine is not possible in the existing Normandy format and the reached Minsk agreements.

Some note that the behavior of Lukashenko, that avoids taking a public pro-Russian or pro-Western position, is designed to gain as much political and economic revenue as possible from the ‘neutral role’ of Belorussia in the ongoing standoff. However, if one takes into account historical steps and public rhetoric of the Lukashenko government, he would find a coherent approach centered over the interests of Lukashenko as the leader of the country.

According to political analyst Andrey Okara, the current behavior of Lukashenko is based on plans of Russia and President Vladimir Putin. He says that the economic dependence of the Lukashenko government on Russia does not allow it to be fully transparent in its statements and, therefore, Belorussia demonstrates a tactic of ‘partisan’ in Eastern Europe.

“Lukashenko is not passively watching what is happening between Russia and Ukraine… [He] extrapolates this to relations between Russia and Belarus,” Okara told golos-ameriki.ru.

The analytical noted that Lukashenko’s policy towards Russia is very specific and he does not want to implement the Kremlin scenario, which will lead to Putin becoming the head of the Russian-Belarusian state in 2024, thus solving the issue of the transept of power in Russia through Belarus. Okara notes that the Lukashenko government stands against Russia’s policy to integrate Belarus and further, that may lead to the ‘Crimea-like’ scenario there.

This may be one of the key reasons of the current role of Belarus in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Lukashenko’s attempts to strengthen his ‘stronghold besieged from the East.’

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  • RGtz98

    So Belarus is reuniting in 2024?

    • EveryoneIsBiased

      Seems to be the Kremlin policy as SF states itself. Though why they have not reported it before? Seems to been known for some time.

      • RGtz98

        I mean I saw a Vesti report with Lukashenko mentioning a new federation with Russia , but that was pretty much it

        • EveryoneIsBiased

          Thanks, though it would be pretty interesting to know more and have such a policy of wide-ranging effect reported here too.
          Thanks again for confirming it though!

      • EveryoneIsBiased

        To downvoters: You are okay with the fact, that SF did omit such a policy from their reporting? And still to coward to comment and argue, but down vote like a bitch nonetheless?
        You hate MSM that omits key facts, but are okay with that in so called alt media? Then you are no better, and part of the problem. Suit yourself.

  • Toronto Tonto

    Its really putin against Ukraine and the fucchead should get his terrorist ass ruskie troops out of Ukraine .

    • AM Hants

      Thought the cookie monsters, were from the US. How much did the US spend on kicking things off in Ukraine?

  • newshole

    Igor Kolomoyski and friends vs Russian speaking Ukrainians.

    • AM Hants

      Talking of Kolomoisky, wasn’t Burisma Holdings, part of Kolomoisky’s Privat Group?

      The Bidens did well out of Burisma, and not just the son of the Vice President of the US.

      BREAKING: Burisma Holdings Paid Joe Biden $900,000 For Lobbying Activities: Ukrainian MP… https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/10/burisma-holdings-paid-joe-biden-900000-for-lobbying-activities-ukrainian-mp/

      • newshole

        Burisma. Yes. Now Kolomoyski is in Geneva so he can make those deposits himself. Rand Corporation and Kolomoyski have plans for eastern Ukraine.

        • AM Hants

          Eastern Ukraine has plans, to make sure Rand and Kolomoisky remain disappointed. Wish Eastern Ukraine all the best.

          • Ralph London

            AM, they are no longer part of ukraine, they are both independent republics.

          • AM Hants

            Hopefully they will stay that way.

            I am just reading an Eva Bartlett article, over on Mint Press, with regards Crimea being back home in Russia. Which reminded me of a video featuring her in Donbass. Could not find the interview, owing to not looking very hard, but, found another article from her, interviewing one of the film makers.

            UKRAINE’S WAR ON DONBASS: AN INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER MAXIM FADEEV… https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/ukraines-war-on-donbass-an-interview-with-filmmaker-maxim-fadeev/

            Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since
            Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like.

            by Eva Bartlett… https://www.mintpressnews.com/

          • Ralph London

            Just d/loaded her article for later reading. Glad she’s been to the Donbass. (Me jealous). (

          • AM Hants

            It was a lovely, feel good article.

          • newshole

            Hear, Hear

  • klove and light

    everything going as planned

  • AM Hants

    How do they feel in Crimea?

    Must admit, I am enjoying the Eva Bartlett articles, from her times in Russia, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

    Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since
    Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like.

    by Eva Bartlett… https://www.mintpressnews.com/return-russia-crimea-story-referendum-lives-since/262247/

    UKRAINE’S WAR ON DONBASS: AN INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER MAXIM FADEEV… https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/ukraines-war-on-donbass-an-interview-with-filmmaker-maxim-fadeev/

  • cechas vodobenikov

    belarus has sealed their border w Ukraine—they r tired of all the smuggling and instability that has been produced in Ukraine by the USA

  • Nosferatu

    Lukashenko is stupid. He is trying to play both sides. Janukovych was also trying to play both sides. We all know which side betrayed him at first oportunity and ow he ended up……

  • AM Hants

    Do not believe Russia was promoting any of that below? However, the section copied, does appear to follow the advice of the Rand Corporation. Remember the instructions they gave Porkie?

    ………………..

    Evictions, Massacres, Camps, Cleansing: Ukraine’s Roadmap to “Peace” in Donbass…

    “There are people who just need to be killed”

    The Ukrainian journalist Bogdan Butkevich, who works for “Espresso TV”, offered an action plan concerning Donbass and its inhabitants. During an April airing in 2014 he advised to get rid of 1.5 million superfluous, according to him, residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

    “Donbass is not just a depressive region. There is a crazy number of unnecessary people there… I talk about this completely consciously. In the Donetsk region there are about four million inhabitants. And no less than one and a half million are superfluous,” said Butkevich.

    He also said that in Donbass there are people who should be killed.

    “We should understand the Ukrainian national interest. But Donbass needs to be used as a resource…. Concerning Donbass: I don’t know the recipe for how to do this quickly. However, the main thing that needs to be done: there are people who just need to be killed,” said the journalist…’

    https://www.stalkerzone.org/evictions-massacres-camps-cleansing-ukraines-roadmap-to-peace-in-donbass/

    • Ralph London

      He’s a fucking cursed satanic shit.

  • TomWonacott

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says that the conflict in eastern Ukraine developing since 2014 is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

    This puts the lie to RT propagandists which attempt to explain the war in Ukraine as a “civil conflict”. Patrick Armstrong writes at Sic Semper Tyrannis (RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 26 SEPTEMBER):

    Ergo, it’s a civil war, but the West pretends it is not

    The late (not so great) Robert Parry writes at ConsortiumNews (“America’s Righteous Russia-gate Censorship; Nov. 14, 2017):

    In other words, Americans are not supposed to hear the other side of the story on important international conflicts, such as the proxy war in Syria or the civil war in Ukraine or Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians

    Putin apologists like Armstrong and Parry overlook the two invasions of Eastern Ukraine and the invasion/annexation of Crimea to pretend that this is simply a civil war. The shooting down of MH17 also proved that Russian forces were in Ukraine. Notice how Parry calls Syria a proxy war and Ukraine a civil war out of political convenience.

    The Medvedev Doctrine outlines Russia’s near abroad as their “special” area of interests i.e., sphere of influence. The ICC in 2016 also ruled that the war in Ukraine is between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Lukashenko understands that Russia would like to annex Belarus next.