MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko commented on reproaches from certain countries about his “secret” inauguration as he met with Ambassador of China to Belarus Cui Qiming in Minsk on 24 September, BelTA has learned.
The head of state mentioned the unproductive stance of certain countries on Belarus. “What is especially surprising is that it comes from our neighbors. Neighbors are from God, we do not choose them, and we have to live next to each other and be friends with each other. But it turns out that it is not always the case. You know what position the neighboring countries, especially Poland, have taken,” he said. “With regard yesterday's inauguration there was some bitterness or criticism that we did not inform Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Czechs and others of our plans to hold the event.”
“In accordance with Belarusian laws we do not have to inform western states or anyone for that matter about it. This is an internal affair of our country. Critics mostly complain about the secrecy. You know, about 2,000 people, including the military, were invited to attend the inauguration ceremony. You can hardly call it a secret event,” the Belarusian leader said.