On Friday, March 31, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko called for a truce in Ukraine during a national speech. This speech from the Belarus President since 1994 came after that Russia said it wanted to send tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus. According to Lukashenko, dialogue is the best way to put an end to violence.
Lukashenko said: “It is impossible to defeat a nuclear power. If the Russian leadership understands that the situation threatens to cause Russia's disintegration, it will use the most terrible weapon. This cannot be allowed.” He added: “Nuclear fires loom on the horizon.” According to the Belarus President, the situation must improve now before it goes out of hand.
“I take the risk of suggesting a cessation of hostilities. It is possible and necessary to settle all territorial, reconstruction, security, and other issues at the negotiating table without preconditions,” Lukashenko said. Furthermore, the Belarus President said that arming both countries is not the solution and won’t end well for Ukraine and Russia. He repeated that a discussion is needed: “All territorial, reconstruction, security and other issues can and should be settled at the negotiation table, without preconditions.” He appeared alarmed for his country: “Take my word for it, I have never deceived you. They are preparing to invade Belarus, to destroy our country.” The Belarus President for nearly 29 years said Russia would use “the most terrible weapon” if necessary.
Regarding the truce Lukashenko requested, Russia and Ukraine denied the request. Senior Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said: “Any ceasefire will mean [the Russian Federation’s] right to stay in the occupied territories. This is totally inadmissible.” Furthermore, according to CNN, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in a talk with journalists: “In the context of Ukraine, nothing changes. The special military operation continues because at the moment it is the only way to achieve the goals that our country faces.”
Furthermore, Lukashenko said that the reason for the escalation is because of the United States and the Occident. According to him, by sending arms and helping by any means a country, Ukraine here, the West has caused the beginning of a war between more than two countries. He said: “As a result of the efforts of the United States and its satellites, a full-scale war has been unleashed in [Ukraine], […] a third world war with nuclear fires looms on the horizon.”
The President of Belarus warned the Occident that Russia could use “the full power of its military-industrial complex and the army to prevent the escalation of the conflict - phosphorus ammunition, non-depleted uranium, and enriched uranium - everything must go into action if there is deception and even the slightest movement across the border of Ukraine is noticed.”
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