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Belarus not to join Russia-Ukraine conflict unless attacked: Lukashenko

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-08-18 10:56
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In this photograph taken and released by Belarusian presidential press service on August 17, 2023, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko (L) speaks with Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko (R) during an interview in Minsk. [AFP PHOTO / HO/ Belarusian presidential press service]

MINSK -- Belarus will not participate in the armed hostilities in Ukraine unless Ukrainians cross the state border, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday.

"If Ukrainians do not cross our border, we will never participate in this war, in this full-scale war, but we will always help Russia," Lukashenko told the media in an interview.

The Belarusian president also denied reports that Moscow allegedly persuades Minsk to participate in its special military operation in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Lukashenko said that the conflict in Ukraine could have been avoided, and it is still possible to end it.

Any peace negotiation should be proceeded without pre-conditions, he added.

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