Updated at 18:18,16-07-2018

Lukashenka accuses 'Uncle Sam' of instigating war in Ukraine


Americans want us to kill each other, the Belarusian leader said on Saturday in an interview to Sergei Brilev, an anchorman of Rossiya 1 TV channel.

“We should understand that a huge funnel was created and its swirling flows have been sucking Russia and us in. Who is interested in it? You know it. It is not in Europe's interests either any longer. It is 'Uncle Sam' from overseas that has been constantly pushing us to the fighting. And, let us be frank, there are a lot of politicians in Ukraine who follow this order,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka said.

“We must get away from this funnel, because Americans will not fight against us and Russia there. They want us to kill each other, to kill our people. But people in Ukraine are our brothers,” the head of state said. “Why do we let people clash against each other here? We, first of all, politicians must put an end to it and stop the war,” the Belarusian leader believes.

Speaking about the Minsk summit on 26 August, Mr Lukashenka noted that the United States approved its format but did not show any interest in participating in it. “Perhaps, they did not have to come as their interests are watched by certain people in Europe, including Catherine Ashton. I think she did not do anything against the American will. You see that today Europe with Merkel, Hollande and others has to follow the policy of the United States. It is not a secret,” he said.

On August, 28 President Petro Poroshenko declared that Russia had brought regular forces into Ukraine. Some states hold that the conflict in Donbas is a hold-scale war, but Russia still denies that its troops are fighting in Ukraine.