Today, I addressed the President of Ukraine with the following statement:

“On 9 August, the Republic of Belarus held its presidential elections. According to preliminary information, the overwhelming majority of Belarusian citizens voted for the current president, Alexander Lukashenko.

At the same time, we witness how certain forces in the Belarusian society are trying to influence the results of the expression of will by means of force.

Ukraine experienced similar processes twice. The events observed in Belarus have a lot in common with the events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014. First of all, we can speak about interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states by external players, artificial support of protest actions from outside in order to destabilize the situation in the country, up to the change of the existing leadership through violent coup. The incitement to physical confrontation with law enforcement agencies and to protest actions is a sneaky and brutal technology to create a snowball effect of protests that would destroy the Belarusian society. All this is presented as "the will of the people" and "the revolution", although the technologies of such "colour revolutions" have long been known.

I am convinced that the delay in recognizing the results of the presidential elections in Belarus will only play into the hands of supporters of destructive forces inside Ukraine. We see that some politicians are now trying to transfer the tension that has arisen in Belarus to the Ukrainian land. The “Party of War”, which used the tragic events on Maidan in 2014, stepped up its activities, seeking to cover up its past crimes and corruption with new slogans and calls for revenge.

Belarus is an important strategic and economic partner of Ukraine. Minsk is a platform for "peace diplomacy" for many states. It is in Minsk that difficult negotiations on the future peace in Ukraine are being held, and the Minsk Contact Group is working. The leadership of Belarus is doing a lot to ensure that there is trust and mutual respect between the neighbouring countries and that friendly and benevolent relations between our peoples are preserved.

The choice of the Belarusian people has been recognized by the leadership of the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Turkish Republic and a number of other states.

We have no doubts that despite the tragic nature of what is happening the leadership of Belarus will find an appropriate and balanced decision to normalize the situation in the country. Dialogue and tolerance will help restore civil peace and mutual understanding, and any forceful methods will only be used within the framework of the law.

I appeal to you with a call to recognize the result of the elections in Belarus, to congratulate the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on his election, and to support the ideas of a non-conflict settlement of the situation and adherence to the principles of democracy.

I am sure that this will contribute to strengthening of the Ukrainian-Belarusian interstate ties. It will become an important signal to normalizing the situation in the region and preventing the internationalization of the next “colour revolutions”. It will also foster the development of relations between our fraternal states."