President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that Belarus is not, and will not take part in Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Accusing the West of trying to push Belarus into the war, Lukashenko added that his country will not take part in “hostilities,” according to Ukraine’s official news agency Ukrinform.
Russia’s war on Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, has been met with international outrage, with the European Union, US, and UK, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
More than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
In the second round of peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv on Thursday, the two sides agreed on creating humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.