Belarus' visa-free entry program can be extended in the future, but this will be subject to coordination with Russia, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said when answering a questions from the MPs.
“Today is not the time to argue, exacerbate the situation. We need to come to agreements as both we and Russia have a lot of problems. We can and should address these problems together, from security issues to RUB5 billion [earlier issued loans],” Alexander Lukashenko said.
“I would like to liberalize things to an extent that still allows some degree of controllability. I've been thinking recently whether the approach is behind the times and whether I am playing it too safe. You tell me,” the head of state told the MPs.
For me, for all those present here and for the vast majority of Belarusian people, stability, security, independence and sovereignty are sacred things. If someone makes an attempt to violate them, we will use the full power of our state, the president said.
Alexander Lukashenko stressed that it is difficult to stand against challenges of the modern world on one's own. Belarus will team up with the Collective Security Treaty Organization and with Russia. Every year Belarus and Russia stage over 40 joint army exercises, including large-scale ones.
The level of mutual understanding between the two countries, trusting relationship between the heads of state help us discuss all the sensitive issues frankly and find a compromise, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said.
To preserve the sovereignty of the young Belarusian state, a lot should be done. First of all, we should protect our unity. This is not just words. It is an immutable law that grows out of our historical experience, Alexander Lukashenko noted.