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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has recommended that their Belarusian counterparts listen to public opinion and not reject friendly advice.

"We understand the emotional overload of our counterparts with the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, but we recommend you not reject valuable friendly advice," MFA speaker Kateryna Zelenko said in response to an earlier statement by the press secretary of the Belarusian diplomacy.

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Zelenko also stressed that Belarus is a neighboring state, with which Ukraine has always strived for friendly relations, and wished it to adequately pass all tests it is facing, to strengthen its independence and democracy.

Zelensky's advice and Belarus' response

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with Euronews suggested that Belarus hold a revote in presidential elections.

In an emotional response, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said the Ukrainian authorities should focus on internal issues rather than offer advice to neighbors.