Belarussian strongman and close Kremlin ally Alexander Lukashenko on Friday called for a “truce” in Ukraine and talks “without preconditions” between Moscow and Kiev.
“We must stop now before the escalation begins,” Lukashenko said in a televised state-of-the-nation address. “I will risk suggesting an end to hostilities … a declaration of an armistice.”
Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, added that “all regional issues, reconstruction, security and other issues can and should be settled at the negotiating table without preconditions.”
He also said that Western support for Kiev increases the possibility of a nuclear war in Ukraine.
As a result of the efforts of the United States and its satellites, a full-scale war broke out in [Ukraine].. A third world war looms on the horizon with nuclear fires.
Belarus has allowed Russian forces to use its territory as a staging post for Moscow’s offensive, but Lukashenko has so far refused to send his forces across the border.
Over the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the Moscow-allied country, drawing condemnation from the West.
Belarus later said it felt compelled to host Russian nuclear weapons because of the “unprecedented” Western pressure exerted on Minsk, while insisting that its deployment did not violate existing international agreements.
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