MINSK, 18 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia should stick together, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the Russian philosopher and public figure Aleksandr Dugin in Minsk on 18 October, BelTA has learned.
"Once, some Russian liberal schmucks, as I call them, ridiculed me when I said that there would come a time (I said it two years ago) when Putin and I would have to stand back to back and fire back. They had a laugh. What do we see today? We see this happening today," the Belarusian leader said.
“We need to stick together. There is no need to try to outflank each other, or divide something, like our common Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Everything is clear. History assigned the roles a long time ago," the head of state said.
“Still, what they say about Belarus in Russia, and what they do not say, hushing many things up … This is probably not a big secret for you, because you can see the real picture behind all numbers, lines, and commas. People did not really understand, especially before, what was going on in Belarus. Sometimes we were criticized for nothing. I understand there is (or was) some jealousy. There were different reasons. I hope that people in Russia will learn about it [the real situation in Belarus]. This is where my major interest lies. We need to stick together. We must not run away from each other,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
“I think that a man like you, analyzing the events and seeing the reality, will make the right conclusions. It is not just my interest. It is the interest of Belarus and Russia. It is the interest of all Russians and Belarusians,” the head of state added.