MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – I do not care if the West recognizes me as President or not, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said in a recent interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
The head of state was asked whether Germany's acting chancellor had addressed him “Mr. President” during their recent phone conversations. “All this talk about recognition and non-recognition aside, it was the moment of truth,” the journalist remarked.
“I didn't show anyone the transcript, since it is a diplomatic document. I called her Chancellor and she called me President. This is absolutely idle talk about the recognition or non-recognition of me as President. Look, I don't care what they think of me there. I am the President of Belarus,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
“I have been recognized as President and congratulated by Russia, China, India, Turkey, the post-Soviet countries. That is enough for me to make sure my country has everything it needs,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.