One of the questions tackled bilateral relations, which have recently become tense, including because of the Japanese government’s decision to recognise Belarus as an unfriendly country.
“It disappoints me greatly,” said the Belarusian leader. “I never thought that you would sing along with the United States of America, or, as people say, that you will become an errand boy for the older brother.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that he has the greatest respect for the Japanese and the Japanese state. He visited this country, communicated a lot, including with ordinary Japanese, and noted a number of similarities. “They are just as hardworking, intelligent, and disciplined people as Belarusians. Our economies are also similar. Moreover, we both suffered from nuclear disasters: you – in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from Fukushima, we – from Chernobyl. We liaised with you in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. We worked with you more than with anyone and then you ran after America and imposed some doubtful sanctions against us,” stressed the President.
Moreover, contrary to logic and justice, the sanctions even affected the sons of the Head of State. “Tell me, why did you impose sanctions against my children? They had nothing to do with politics!” the Belarusian leader asked rhetorically. “How should I evaluate the actions of the Japanese leadership? You have just decided to join in, without looking into the matter thoughtfully, without thinking about what it may lead to. It doesn’t matter that we are far apart. The world is interconnected. Believe me, maybe someday you will have to ask us for something.”