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16 February 2023, 14:57

Lukashenko names best option for European Union

Aleksandr Lukashenko
Aleksandr Lukashenko

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) - The best option for the European Union would be an alliance with Russia. The United States and China would envy such an alliance, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to foreign and Belarusian journalists in Minsk on 16 February, BelTA has learned.

“The best option for the Europeans is to ally with Russia. The one has resources, the other - high technology. It would be the main center of power on the planet. The United States and China (with all my due respect and friendly attitude towards China) would be jealous of such an alliance. There would be three powerful centers - the United States, China and the European continent together with Russia, think Eurasia. Perhaps a fourth center can be formed around India or India and others can join these centers. It would be great for the planet,” the Belarusian leader said.

The president believes that this is the direction in which the situation will be developing. Although the United States does not want this and is torpedoing any normal processes, including attempts to establish peace in Ukraine, which the Europeans want. The countries of the European Union “are still running behind the United States” in decision making.

However, the head of state does not agree that the conflict in Ukraine can be just considered as a conflict between Moscow and the West. The Belarusian leader is convinced that this process should be viewed from a broader perspective. “This is a global conflict between the United States and the West on one side, and China on the other (China, not Russia, is the main opponent for them). We can see it as a conflict between West and East (China and Russia, you can also add Iran and others),” the president said. “The most acute phase of this conflict is the conflict between Moscow and the West,” he added.

“I tried to get through to the United States and tell them that they are now at war with the whole world, not only with China, Russia, but also with Europe, their allies. They have put Europe in a very uncomfortable position. Europe is not happy with this situation,” the president of Belarus said.

He mentioned the actions of the United States aimed at breaking ties between the European Union and Russia. He cited the blowing up of the Nord Stream, which supplied natural gas from Russia to Europe and which was destroyed so that no economic threads were left to connect Russia with Europe. The transoceanic opponents of such close cooperation are well aware that strong economic foundations between Europe and Russia can contribute to the development of political, diplomatic and ethical ties.

The United States, in an attempt to protect its market, made the most attractive conditions for European companies and they rushed there. “Are these friendly steps?” the Belarusian leader asked.

The president named Brexit another compelling example. "Why have they torn it away from Europe? Do you think it was the UK's decision? This is a step towards the destruction of the European Union,” the head of state said.

The U.S. interference in a billions of U.S. dollars deal between France and Australia to build submarines was completely humiliating for Europe. “Who is making this product for Australia now? The United States. They just called the Australians and the French and said that this contract is not going to happen, and there will be a contract between the United States and Australia. What is this? This is the humiliation of a nuclear power. France is a nuclear power. This is the U.S. policy towards Europe,” the president explained.

The situation with supplies of heavy weapons to Ukraine from the EU countries is also a vivid example, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He recalled that at first the EU countries were not going to send tanks and other equipment, but under pressure from the United States, they agreed to do it.

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