MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – Certain forces in Russia should stop talking about Belarus' U-turn. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement in his address to the nation and the parliament on 21 April, BelTA has learned.
Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that the Russian Federation is an ally and a strategic partner of Belarus. “This is why we should dynamically advance comprehensive cooperation at the interstate and regional levels,” the President was convinced.
“It disgusts me to hear some politically motivated sources from Russia claiming that something close to soft Belarusization is in progress here, that something else is going on here as near as a U-turn. I only don't know where we can turn to,” said the Belarusian head of state. Alexander Lukashenko said he believes that “it is time certain forces and structures in Russia stopped this baying”. “Where can we turn to? We have been and are brothers,” continued Alexander Lukashenko. “It has been determined by centuries of history.”
At the same time the head of state underlined that the forces in Russia should understand that Belarusians will not be errand boys. Belarus is an independent sovereign nation that, figuratively speaking, lives in the same house as Russia does but in its own apartment. Alexander Lukashenko reminded that the current president of Russia had said so and was ready to build relations with Belarus on this foundation. The Belarusian leader once again was bewildered by the fact that some sources, including pro-government ones, are fixated on other aspects and can even go as far as slander. “It is time to end this or such things will not end well,” warned the Belarusian head of state.
Belarus and Russia have been working together to develop the Union State project and the Eurasian Economic Union now. Alexander Lukashenko encouraged Russian partners to stick to the long-term principles. For instance, there is an agreement that alternative manufacturing enterprises will not be created in the two countries. The President reminded about Russian complaints stating that Belarus has allegedly refused to sell Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) and about proposals to start manufacturing the same kind of merchandise at KamAZ. According to the head of state, during the latest negotiations with Russian leadership he said: “If you want to buy it, go ahead since you are interested it.” At that time Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus was interested in extracting oil in Russia. However, no agreement has been reached on the matter yet, stated the President.