MINSK, 5 December (BelTA) – President of Russia Vladimir Putin faces most severe anti-Belarusian pressure at the moment. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in his address to newly elected and outgoing members of both chambers of the parliament on 5 December, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that opinions and interests in Russia vary a lot. “We have to understand it. And President Putin is experiencing most severe pressure right now. From the inner circle at that. Anti-Belarusian pressure,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“People [in Russia] vary. We have to understand it and recognize it. It is our work. And we should work in this direction without panic,” the president added.
“After losing Ukraine Russia is terribly afraid of losing Belarus in a good sense. But it cannot support Belarus without knowing what policy we are going to pursue (the way they think), what actions we are going to take. And they would like to settle the matter in order to see what Belarus will be like tomorrow, how the country is going to develop and live,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
The head of state reminded that before relations between Ukraine and Russia went sour, Russia lent about $3 billion to Ukraine at the very end of the presidential term of Viktor Yanukovych. There was a problem with this money afterwards.
“This is why the price of the current talks, the determination of further coexistence of the two Slavonic states is very high. And you have to understand Russia's point of view,” the Belarusian leader stated.More about President