Belarusian president expresses readiness to help resolve conflict in Ukraine

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-27 06:42:40|Editor: yan
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MINSK, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Belarus is ready to help resolve the conflict in Ukraine's east if there is the consent of interested parties.

The conflict in Ukraine has to be resolved by the three Slavonic nations (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the First Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine in Gomel on Friday.

"It's our misfortune. Neither Europeans, Americans, nor anyone else. We have to resolve this problem so that it will not be frozen following the example of other once hot spots in the post-Soviet space," the Belarusian leader said.

The president stressed that Belarus is ready to work only within the framework of agreements between Ukraine and Russia, the two presidents.

"We are not asking for the role of a peacekeeper or a mediator," the president said. "Belarus cannot and will not do any peacemaking if the two presidents don't want it," he added.

In his turn, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked Belarus for enabling conditions for peace talks in Belarus.

"There is trust between Ukraine and Belarus, between Lukashenko and Poroshenko. I am positive that this trust will evolve into security, reliability, friendship and cooperation," Poroshenko said.