In an interview with the propaganda Russian media, Lukashenko said that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine and “does not hold evil” against Zelensky
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with the propaganda TV channel Russia-1 that he was ready to resume relations with Ukraine, despite the fact that the country did not recognize the results of the presidential elections, TASS reports .
Lukashenko believes that the initiative to restore relations should be shown by the Ukrainian side, and if he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he would answer his questions and “maybe some kind of conversation would have started.”
“ I hold no grudge against Volodya Zelensky. I understand him: when I was young I said it somewhere. But this does not mean that you have to look at him all the time, understanding what is happening, and be offended or angry with him, ”said the self-proclaimed President of Belarus.
According to him, “the Ukrainian people treat Belarusians very well, we are even better for them”.
At the same time, Lukashenko added that political relations between Kiev and Minsk are practically frozen, and the countries do not have any contacts, except for the embassies.Read also: The Consular Section of the Embassy of Ukraine in Belarus partially suspends reception
He also stated that Minsk is ready to host the summit in the Normandy format, as it was in 2015. However, the dictator believes that Western countries are unlikely to agree to this. “Definitely, probably not in Minsk. We are a non-democratic country already, ”Lukashenka said.
During the Belarusian protests, the dictator repeatedly spread fakes about Ukraine and its alleged interference in the situation in Belarus. In particular, he called Ukraine ” an outpost of political provocations” and argued that one of the “centers” of American special services is located in Kiev , which ” shake the situation around the planet.”
In November 2020, Ukraine joined the EU sanctions against Belarus in connection with electoral fraud and human rights violations, which the EU approved on October 2. In Belarus, they said they would prepare sanctions against Ukraine .
In Belarus, mass protests and strikes continue against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country since 1994, harshly suppressing the opposition and independent media.
Protests erupted after Lukashenka’s rigged victory in the August 9, 2020 presidential election. Belarusians demand new fair elections, as well as the release of political prisoners.
Peaceful protests were accompanied by bloody attacks by security officials controlled by Lukashenka. The riot policemen used water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against civilians.