Posted: 06.05.2022 12:39:00

Lukashenko told about issues they agree with Putin and those they often dispute

Very open and friendly relations have established between the presidents of Belarus and Russia – as stated by the Belarusian Head of State, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in his talk with The Associated Press, BelTA reports


Answering a journalist’s question how honestly and openly the leaders of the two countries communicate, Aleksandr Lukashenko said, “I doubt that Vladimir Putin has closer, more open and friendly relations with any of the world leaders than with the President of Belarus.”

Describing the style of communication with the Russian leader, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he speaks about everything directly to Vladimir Putin, like to an older brother, but, of course, without insolence or rudeness, “We have very decent, honest and open relationships, especially now.

“We boast good relations with him, the best relations that can be between the heads of independent states,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

The President also recalled the events of 2020 in Belarus, “Thank God, we’ve dealt with that. When I asked him to support me if necessary, there were even no questions.”

He drew attention to the fact that there are no closed topics in communication with his Russian colleague; during meetings they can discuss both personal and global issues.

“We are talking about Ukraine, and I tell him openly how I see it. But I must sincerely tell you that I don’t get impudent. There shouldn’t be any impudence here. Am I supposed to teach him? He is an experienced politician, he does not need to be taught,” noted the Head of State.

However, there are situations when the two leaders argue.

“We had reasons for the dispute, and they have not been removed so far. We are talking about it. I even sometimes give him an example, suggesting to look how Americans and Europeans support Ukraine and how they support each other, creating equal conditions for all countries. Germans and Americans are already fed up with Lithuanians and Latvians, nevertheless, they patiently support them as they have agreed,” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.

As far as the Union State of Belarus and Russia is concerned, according to the President of Belarus, equal conditions have not yet been created for people and business entities, even despite the general opposition to Western sanctions pressure.

“We discuss this openly. We are slowly moving in this direction,” said the President. “Since we are building a union, don’t we need equal conditions for people, enterprises, companies, and businesses? It must be so. So far this is not. This is the main stumbling block. This was connected with prices for gas and energy resources, with access to the Russian market, as you remember. Of course, we discussed these issues very harshly.”

According to the Belarusian leader, Vladimir Putin and he have a different style of behaviour in the political arena, since the President of Russia is a restrained and closed person in public, while Aleksandr Lukashenko is known for his emotionality and openness.

“Therefore, do not be surprised that we’ve argued,” the President drew attention. “However, we have never disagreed on the main issue: the defence and security of our states.”