Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has assured Petro Poroshenko that nobody will be able to draw Belarus into a war against Ukraine.
Poroshenko made a statement to this effect during a joint address in Chernobyl, transmitted by the TV channel 112 Ukraine.
“It’s important for us, and I am sure of it, that the Ukraine-Belarus border has been, is and will always be a border of friendship, a border of good neighborly relations, a border of our reliable partnership, I emphasize, a border of peace. And no one will ever bring Ukraine and Belarus into conflict against each other,” Poroshenko said.
“I emphasize, I have received firm assurance from the Belarusian president. Nobody will ever be able to draw Belarus into a war against Ukraine. The peace-loving Belarusian people and the experienced, honorable president Aleksander Lukashenko will not allow it,” the president stressed.
In February, Poroshenko said that he does not consider an attack by Russian forces through Belarus a possibility, but the threat of full-scale aggression from Russia is still relevant. Divisions of the Russian Armed Forces with up to 50 000 military personnel are deployed in direct proximity to the border with Ukraine.
Lukashenko, in turn, has promised that he will not allow his territory to be used for hostile activities.