Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin, illustrative photo.
The ties between the Belarusian and Russian peoples can become even closer, Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on December, 15.
“We know what Russia wants from Belarus. I am sure that Russia knows very well what Belarus needs from Russia. I believe that the solution of the existing problem will draw our nations even closer. Frankly speaking, it is not right to see our relations through the classical framework of international relations with other states. We have such close ties that these criteria do not fit in here,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.
For his part, Vladimir Putin said that the presidents of the two countries had a lot to talk about. According to him, Russia was looking forward to the official visit of Lukashenka and is happy that despite the current problems the Belarusian leader arrived for an in-depth conversation on the full range of issues.
For the first time in the history of his country’s leadership, Alyaksandr Lukashenka did not choose Russia as the first destination for official visit after the inauguration. The Belarusian leader arrived in Moscow on the invitation of Vladimir Putin. According to a number of experts, he is about to ask for new loans.
Belsat.eu, via BelTA