Belarus's Lukashenko Criticizes Zelensky's 'Peace Formula' as Unrealistic

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.25 - 2024 11:07 AM CET

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Photo: Asatur Yesayants /
Belarusian President Lukashenko labels Zelensky's 'peace formula' as unrealistic, casting doubts on the resolution of the Ukraine conflict.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko dismissed the 'peace formula' proposed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as unrealistic, stating that Russia will not withdraw from newly annexed regions such as Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine, which Russia refers to as 'Novorossiya'.

Lukashenko’s comments, reported by RIA Novosti, emphasize the difficulties in negotiating an end to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Unrealistic Expectations?

During his speech, Lukashenko argued that Zelensky's approach, which might appear patriotic, proposes radical solutions that are not feasible under current circumstances.

"One should not propose radical solutions like the formula of Volodymyr Zelensky—though it may seem patriotic and so on, it is unreal today. Russians will not leave neither Crimea nor the eastern regions, as they call it, Novorossiya," he stated.

A Call for Realistic Negotiations

Adding to his critique, Lukashenko mentioned that the presentation of such unrealistic conditions suggests a lack of genuine interest in resolving the conflict.

However, he also noted that the current deadlock in the conflict could present an optimal moment for negotiations.

His comments suggest a push for more practical and achievable goals in the peace talks, though his stance also reflects the complex dynamics and interests at play in the region, particularly Russia's involvement and influence.

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