MINSK, 9 December (BelTA) – A number of details of the interview Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave to the Turkish television and radio company TRT have been revealed, BelTA has learned.
According to the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo, the interview touched upon the migrant crisis among other things. An answer to accusations and popular fake news was given. The head of state said why Belarus is being pressured and whether he holds the USA responsible for the crisis at the border.
Poland's plans to build a wall at the border with Belarus were also mentioned. Aleksandr Lukashenko also answered a question about progress in Belarus-EU negotiations on resolving the crisis and what will happen to the refugees willing to stay in Belarus.
Western sanctions and further possible reciprocal measures were also mentioned.
The interview also touched upon the development of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Aleksandr Lukashenko talked about plans, deadlines, and prospects and explained whether this union will be similar to the European Union in the end.
Apart from that, Turkey was mentioned during the interview, in particular, problems with refugees and the status of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Muslim world. Matters concerning Belarusian-Turkish relations and accusations targeted at a Turkish air carrier were also mentioned.
BelTA reported earlier that Nisa Efendioglu, a journalist and presenter of the TRT Haber TV channel, was the one to interview the Belarusian head of state.
The Turkish television and radio company TRT (the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) was established in 1964 to broadcast on behalf of the Turkish government and remained the only broadcaster in Turkey's territory till the 1990s. At present the company operates a large number of television and radio channels that focus on various topics and broadcast to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia. TRT comprises 14 television channels, including six national ones and three international ones, 16 radio channels with national and regional coverage and two foreign ones. News is also published in 41 languages on the TRT's website.