MINSK, 28 January (BelTA) – Russia needs Belarus as much as Belarus needs Russia. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement in his address to the nation and the parliament on 28 January, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that there had been misunderstandings in Belarus-Russia relations at times but they are a thing of the past now. “I've always said that Russia needs Belarus as much as we need Russia,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “Russia is a huge country in terms of territory, this is why we will always have plenty of work in Russia. But it is necessary to build humane, friendly, and brotherly relations. It is necessary to connect the nations so strongly that nobody will ever be able to separate them.”
The president noted that the West needs to understand this stance of Belarus. The republic is ready to advance relations with the West, too, Aleksandr Lukashenko added. “Let's build normal relations,” the Belarusian leader suggested.