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Armenia: Zelensky is fed, not suffering without electricity, while millions of Ukrainians suffer - Lukashenko on need for negotiations
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Armenia: Zelensky is fed, not suffering without electricity, while millions of Ukrainians suffer - Lukashenko on need for negotiations

Armenia, Yerevan
noviembre 24, 2022 at 16:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko claimed that conditions would ultimately push the Ukrainian leadership to engage in peace talks, while speaking to reporters on the sides of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit in Yerevan on Thursday.  

"They [residents of Ukraine] are already starting to complain to their leadership. When people have nothing to eat, when it is cold at home, when almost all the infrastructure is destroyed, ordinary people suffer. And here's the alternative: guys, go sit down to negotiate," he said.

Lukashenko also alleged that President Volodymyr Zelensky is currently better off than most of his people.

"Maybe it's good for Zelensky, maybe I shouldn't say that as the president. He came out there in a T-shirt, in something else, in this long-worn blouse, one gets that impression. He greeted somebody, shook hands with them. They gave him 200 million dollars worth of Himars or some other Javelins. It is easier for him, he is fed, he is probably not suffering without electricity and so on. Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians are suffering," Lukashenko claimed.

Earlier this month, Zelensky used his speech at the G20 summit to outline conditions for peace, saying that Russia must withdraw its troops, pay compensation, ensure food safety and energy security.

"We will not let Russia wait it out, build up its forces, and then start a new series of terror and global destabilisation. There will be no 'Minsk-3,' which Russia will violate immediately after the making," he claimed.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said that the statement on 'Minsk-3' demonstrated Kiev’s reluctance to negotiate with Moscow. 

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements. 

Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and 'denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO. 

Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko claimed that conditions would ultimately push the Ukrainian leadership to engage in peace talks, while speaking to reporters on the sides of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) summit in Yerevan on Thursday.  

"They [residents of Ukraine] are already starting to complain to their leadership. When people have nothing to eat, when it is cold at home, when almost all the infrastructure is destroyed, ordinary people suffer. And here's the alternative: guys, go sit down to negotiate," he said.

Lukashenko also alleged that President Volodymyr Zelensky is currently better off than most of his people.

"Maybe it's good for Zelensky, maybe I shouldn't say that as the president. He came out there in a T-shirt, in something else, in this long-worn blouse, one gets that impression. He greeted somebody, shook hands with them. They gave him 200 million dollars worth of Himars or some other Javelins. It is easier for him, he is fed, he is probably not suffering without electricity and so on. Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians are suffering," Lukashenko claimed.

Earlier this month, Zelensky used his speech at the G20 summit to outline conditions for peace, saying that Russia must withdraw its troops, pay compensation, ensure food safety and energy security.

"We will not let Russia wait it out, build up its forces, and then start a new series of terror and global destabilisation. There will be no 'Minsk-3,' which Russia will violate immediately after the making," he claimed.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov said that the statement on 'Minsk-3' demonstrated Kiev’s reluctance to negotiate with Moscow. 

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements. 

Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and 'denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO. 

Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.