Russia may lose Belarus soon: President Lukashenko
Extremely dangerous situation is taking shape in the relations of Belarus and Russia: Russia may lose Belarus soon, President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with chief editors of major Russian publications, BELTA reported in the press service of the Belarusian President.
A lot of good has been done in the bilateral relations recently, but this is nothing compared to what could and should have been done during this time, Lukashenko added. .
President of Belarus stressed that a meeting with editors of leading Russian publications were scheduled long ago to convey to the public opinion in Russia the truth about what is happening in the relationship between the two countries. But at the last moment, some leaders of publications have refused to go to Minsk. "I'm very sorry that several senior editors in such a democratic country such as Russia so encouraged by my invitation and prepared to spend the day and night here to meet with the President, suddenly have captured either bird flu or swine flu (whether they are treated in Rome or elsewhere?) But they are democratic publications. It is normal in a democratic country. This is in response to a question that you ask me for sure that we have smothered the media that we have no one reads, but "Sovetskaya Belorussia", no other newspapers, because they are not, and do not watch any other channels, except for Belarus because others do not exist. The country located in the heart of Europe and exists thanks to its laws, it does not "sweep", and do not "seen" through and so on," the president said.
Belarus initially very seriously built its relations with the Russian Federation, the president said. Alexander Lukashenko has accused Russia of reluctant to adopt the Constitutional Act, and thereby promote further construction of the Union State. Returning to the history of the Union, Lukashenko said that the decision was taken jointly with Boris Yeltsin as an example of states in the post-Soviet space. It was planned to join Ukraine the Union later. "There were so many chances to join Ukraine to the Union. But Russia wanted the space to move. They had to leave a free trade zone, there should be no borders in the transfer of goods and labor force," the Belarusian leader said.
According to him, the relations with Europe became worsening from that time. At the same time, Belarus originally declared multi-vector principle its main foreign policy. The geographical position of Belarus is one of the key resources that must be used profitably avoiding damage to neighbors. "Being at a crossroad, you need to look at all sides, eitherwise you will be down. Why we have to live bad with our neighbors? Why should we quarrel with the Baltic countries, whereas we carry out all supplies by sea through the ports of the Baltic States?" hee said.