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Lukashenka: US can stop

Lukashenka: US can stop the "slaughter" in the Donbass

Tags: Belarus, Lukashenko, Ukraine, USA, Politics, War, Donbass, International Relations

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that a few steps from the United States to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine will be able to stop there, "meat grinder."

"If tomorrow the US will want to stop the war in the Ukraine and took a few steps in that direction, then the chopper there will be over", - Lukashenka said in Minsk during a meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. According to the president, "to balance the situation here (in the region - Ed.), Referring to Ukraine and other trends, without the United States is impossible."

The Belarusian leader said that not once voiced this position publicly, including before the summit, "Norman Quartet" in Minsk. "I offered to connect the United States to resolve the crisis has passed, I was right.", - The politician said.

Lukashenko also asked his interlocutor to discuss security issues in the European region. According to him, the challenges that are currently facing Eastern Europe, "if not today, then tomorrow can seriously affect the situation in Europe in general."

US military aid to Kiev, but officially is only in the form of uniforms and equipment, rather than "lethal weapons". In addition, in the west of the country, American instructors provide training for soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that such instruction can be regarded as the first step towards arms transfers.

According to the US Embassy in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in the Donbass States has provided assistance to Kiev for more than 260 million dollars, including the supply of equipment and machinery. One of the key candidates for the presidency from the Republican Party, Jeb Bush urged Ukraine to continue to arm and assist in the training of its armed forces.

Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 year launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LNR and DNR, which declared independence after a coup in February 2014 years. According to the latest UN figures, victims of the conflict became more 9 thousand.

The question of resolving the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk contact group. September 2014, it adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict, including the armistice. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue to skirmish.

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