The President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko, has spent ninety minutes speaking about a range of issues to euronews’ Kyiv Bureau Head.
As Lukashenko manouvers his country between east and west, dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by some, he has mostly kept his counsel during the crisis on his border in Ukraine.
Now he says he had been prepared to put Belarus lives on the line to secure peace.
“If necessary. 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 says.
Elsewhere in the interview Lukashenko claims he proposed a peace plan months ago putting Belarus peacekeeping troops on the ground, but it was rejected by all parties. The full exclusive interview is on euronews this Friday.