This day was notable for a number of statements by Belarusian officials about the war in Ukraine.
1. Lukashenka made a number of statements at a meeting of the Security Council of Belarus.
- “There can be no negotiations without the participation of Belarus. If Western countries have dragged us into it, the position of Belarus must be heard there, at these negotiations.”
- “We proceed from the fact that this war is behind the fence of our country. And it seriously affects the situation in Belarus. Therefore, there can be no separate agreements behind the back of Belarus.”
- “Belarus has been declared an ‘accomplice of the aggressor’ without proof or justification.”
Thus, we can see a ‘special operation’ of changing opinion. We remind that on March 15, it was announced that Ukraine launched 2 missiles on the territory of Belarus. And on March 1, with a pointer at the blackboard, Lukashenka showed how Russian army invaded Ukraine from the territory of Belarus. In fact, it is logically difficult to believe in changes in the official position on the war in Ukraine. Although the reaction is standard and expected: everyone around is an enemy, Belarus is a bulwark of independence. We can also see the desire to get involved in the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia with its “position” by any means.
By the way, according to the UN General Assembly resolution, an act of aggression would be any action that allows the use of the territory of one state by another to commit acts of aggression against a third state.
And a small remark: the events in Ukraine are called a war, not a “special military operation.”
2. Foreign Minister Makei also delivered peacemaking messages.
- “We are interested in ensuring that the crisis in our neighboring country comes to an end as quickly as possible, so that normal, calm development of the state is ensured. And we are ready to do our best for this.”
- “Belarus is ready to contribute to the negotiation process between Russia and Ukraine.”
Here a quote from the novel “Taras Bulba” by Nikolai Gogol comes to mind: “I begat you, and I will kill you.” Belarus took part in the act of aggression (see the resolution of the UN General Assembly). But this participation has not brought the result which they hoped for. In this regard, there are voices to end the war as soon as possible. After all, new sanctions are being imposed very quickly.