Agreement to stop the invasion of Ukraine

Agreement to stop the invasion of Ukraine

 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged Moscow, Kyiv and their Western allies to agree to a halt to the invasion of Ukraine to avoid the brink of nuclear war. "We have to stop, reach an agreement, end the operation and the war in Ukraine," Lukashenko said. "Let's stop and then we'll figure out how to get on with life without thinking about the abyss of nuclear war." 

Meanwhile, Russian officials said that Moscow would only allow the use of nuclear weapons if faced with an existential threat. Lukashenko said it was the West who provoked war in Ukraine. "They (the West) have waged war and are continuing it," said Lukashenko. Previously, Moscow deployed thousands of troops to Belarusian territory under the pretext of military exercises before launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. 

Lukashenko also insisted that the Ukrainian government could end the conflict if the authorities restart stalled peace talks with Moscow and accept its demands. "Everything depends on Ukraine," he said. Lukashenko urged the Ukrainian authorities to sit down at the negotiating table and agree to no longer threaten Russia. 

On the other hand, face-to-face talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators held in Turkey in late March failed to produce any breakthrough to end the war. On Wednesday (20/7/2022), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it made no sense to continue discussions for now and accused Kyiv of having no desire to discuss anything in earnest.

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