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13 April 2022, 13:46

Lukashenko in Vladivostok: Now my dream is to visit Sakhalin Island

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Oleg Kozhemyako
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Oleg Kozhemyako

VLADIVOSTOK, 13 April (BelTA) – Traveling to various places in Russia's Far East might be interesting. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement at a meeting with Governor of Russia's Primorye Territory Oleg Kozhemyako in Vladivostok, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko told Oleg Kozhemyako: “I dreamed of visiting Sakhalin Island when Oleg Nikolayevich [Kozhemyako, who previously was a governor of Amur Oblast and Sakhalin Oblast] ran this territory. We may visit it one day and you will recall the old days.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko also remarked he would be interested in visiting Kamchatka Peninsula, the city of Magadan, Chukotka, and Lake Baikal. “It is of great interest for me. I can imagine the rest more or less well,” he explained.

The head of state was also asked whether he intended to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which is due in Vladivostok in September 2022, and the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2022. “I make plans but man proposes, god disposes,” the president noted with a bit of joke.

“If everything is normal, then sure. And then I'd love to go to Sakhalin Island and Kamchatka Peninsula,” Aleksandr Lukashenko continued. He also noted he had wanted to visit Altai Territory for a long time.

The Belarusian leader stressed that over the years of his presidency he had travelled the entire world and can state that Russia is a unique place. “If you want to go skiing, there is no better resort than Sochi,” Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned as an example. He drew attention to ecology, to the purest kind of air in places like Primorye Territory. “If you want to see things, breathe in fresh air, do it here. Europe pales before it,” he said. “Europe has polluted its own territory and ours a bit.”

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