The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected President Aliaksandr Lukashenka‘s proposal to bring Belarusian peacekeeping forces into Donbass, Yevhen Perebiynis, the Ministry’s Information Policy Department Chief, told rbc.ua.
“We believe that no peacekeepers should be brought into Ukraine. It is essential that the Russian Federation and terrorists fulfil Minsk agreements on ceasefire and POW exchange. The Russian Federation should take its troops out of Ukraine … Ukraine doesn’t need any peacekeeping forces. We are able to put our country in order ourselves provided that foreign military leave it,” he stressed.
It is curious that the representatives of the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have taken up Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s idea with enthusiasm.
“I guess Belarusians are as much tightly bound to us as Russians are. It would be great if the Belarusian troops draw a line between military forces just on the borders of the DPR and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), which would separate the territories of the people’s republics from Ukraine,” Miroslav Rudenko, DPR’s ‘deputy chairman of the Supreme Council’, told radio station Govorit Moskva.
It is to be recalled that Aliaksandr Lukashenka expressed his readiness to act as a mediator to ease the Ukrainian conflict in his interview with Euronews.
“But for me this would be a very dangerous and terrible thing to put my own soldiers at risk: if the Russians mistrust the West, and the West, Russia, if the USA and Russia mistrusted each other, and there is mistrust between the warring parties, I would have been putting my own armed forces in harm’s way to separate the conflicting parties,” he said.