The initiative itself seemed like a poor imitation of a negotiation process. First of all, it was obvious that Gomel, a place used as a base by Russian troops, was not the best place for negotiations. Second, the Russian side informed Ukraine that they mobile phone number list had already arrived for talks and were waiting, in an attempt to make the Ukrainian delegation appear reluctant to negotiate and thus Ukraine as the instigator of the war. Ukrainian leaders responded that there had been no agreement on a meeting in Gomel: they were not satisfied with mobile phone number list the venue and considered the conditions imposed by Russia (the requirement to lay down arms) unacceptable.
When it became clear that the Ukrainians would not go to Gomel and that the Russian delegation would return to Moscow soon, Lukashenko called Zelensky, whom he had insulted just a couple of hours earlier. In the end, they agreed that the meeting mobile phone number list would eventually take place, though not in Gomel, but near the border between Belarus and Ukraine, in the Pripyat River basin. According to his press service, Lukashenko persuaded mobile phone number list Putin not to call the Russian delegation and to hold a meeting. Predictably, the talks came to nothing.
However, Lukashenko's behavior around this mobile phone number list episode is noteworthy. Apparently, he yearns to return to a time when he was successfully presenting himself on the international stage as a peacemaker. But it is too late, he is already involved in this conflict. In fact, there is a real threat that the Belarusian army will soon join the Russian invasion.