MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave some advice to Vladimir Zelensky as he spoke to foreign and Belarusian journalists and warned him against repeating the sad experience of Gorbachev and Yeltsin, who were also applauded and cheered in the West, BelTA has learned.
Addressing the representatives of the Western media the head of state asked them to pass a piece of good advice to Zelensky: “No need to push Europe, the United States away. After all, they supported him and he owes it to them. But he still needs to take a little turn eastwards and take a more independent, pragmatic stance in the interests of the Ukrainian people and the future of Ukraine.”
“I will not go into details, because it would be a long conversation. A lot depends on Ukraine today. I will not say that everything depends on Vladimir Zelensky (he has already lost a lot, but not everything yet),” the Belarusian leader said.
The president recalled Vladimir Zelensky's recent trips to Western European countries. “Do you remember the cheers ‘Gorby! Gorby!' to Mikhail Gorbachev, the cheers to Yeltsin in the United States. Those leaders who were applauded and cheered in the West did not end well. Have you ever thought, Steve, that the same can happen to the president of Ukraine? Think about it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said addressing the BBC journalist.