SOCHI, 14 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked the Russian side and President of Russia Vladimir Putin personally for support after the presidential election. He made the relevant statement during negotiations in Sochi on 14 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that in his opening remarks the Russian leader had touched upon matters of the current meeting in Sochi sincerely and quite fully. “It is correct. Because there has never been so many conspiracy theories prior to our meeting. Due to certain circumstances I closely follow publications in various mass media… This is why everything you've said is very important. It generally responds to all the challenges and moods in mass media.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko continued: “First of all, I'd like to thank you. It is natural. Everyone understands it perfectly well. I would like to thank you not only for our honoring the treaties. It is natural. You've acted very decently and humanly. This is why I personally thank you and all the Russians, who've contributed to support for us in this post-election period.”
He promised he would tell Vladimir Putin about everything that had been happening. “Certainly, it looks different from mass media reports. You are an experienced man. You know as well as I do how things can be described and presented and what not,” the Belarusian leader noted. “And then in our age of information clashes and wars you know how things are presented. This is why I am going to inform you in detail about what is going on not even in Belarus but in Minsk.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that a friend in need is a friend indeed. “I say it sincerely. It is a lesson for us. Not only for Belarus and Russia but for our post-Soviet republics. We are going to talk about it during the meeting within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and even the Commonwealth of Independent States. I think my statement for these bodies will be of interest to you,” he noted. “During a phone call between you and I back when these events in Belarus were only starting we said that lessons should be learned from all events. And for us it is also a very serious lesson, which you and I have endured, I hope.”
“We've been acting smoothly with regard to the CSTO treaty. Taking into account relations between brotherly nations, one nation for all intents and purposes, we've acted accordingly. We didn't wage a war, didn't shoot, didn't even throw sticks. But we demonstrated our resolve. If someone over there, beyond Belarusian borders, wants to scratch hands, we can scratch them at any time. I am very pleased and deeply grateful to you for your demonstrating that Belarusian borders are borders of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. And nobody is allowed to rattle sabers over there,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.
The president also noted that the sides acted systematically and gradually in the course of creating and enhancing the treaty on the establishment of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. “Our states and our nations will always be friendly,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced.