6 Jul 2023 14:11

Ukraine peace talks may resume in fall - Lukashenko

MINSK. July 6 (Interfax) - Peace talks on Ukraine may resume this fall, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.

"This is possible. Maybe, this will happen if not in September then a little later. I'd rather not disclose any information, but the Europeans, France and Germany, have started talking about it," the Belarusian state-run news agency BelTA quoted Lukashenko as telling reporters at a meeting in Minsk on Thursday.

"The Europeans are incurring the biggest material damage from this conflict. Just one country is the beneficiary," Lukashenko said.

Many countries have offered to broker a settlement of the Ukraine conflict, Lukashenko said. Belarus cannot be an intermediary, as the conflict is taking place within the common Slavic home which Belarus is a part of, he said.

"I have never seen myself as an intermediary. I believe that the conflict is taking place in our home. Roughly speaking, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are all in the same boat, or the same ship, and this is what we should proceed from," Lukashenko said.