Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, praised Belarusian president Aleksander Lukashanka for his article on Eurasian Union, published on Monday in Russian daily Izviestia.
“I read it and I liked it. Lukashenka properly showed benefits for both economies. He also rightly noted that the plan has nothing to do with political opportunism. He also maked a valid point by saying that everyone is equal and one has to work not out of fear but out of their conscious. I just got a phone call from Miller [Gazprom’s director]. I am really glad that Belarus and Gazprom finally reached an agreement”. – said Putin during a press conference.
He also appreciated that Lukashenka, so far “a staunch atheist, invokes a Bible.” Putin concluded that in his opinion “it was a very good, positive fact”.
A dissident journalist, Svietlana Kalinkina, commented in a sarcastic manner at Charter97.org website that all it took to get a deal with Gazprom, was to pay homage to the Eurasian Union project.
Lukashenka in his article applauded Russian prime minister and his idea. “This publication is a serious event. Russia, for the first time clearly and unequivocally stated that her priority are relations with other post-Soviet countries.” – wrote the Belarusian president.