Russia should not doubt Belarus’ honesty, integrity and reliability, Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at meeting with Gazprom Chairman of the Board Alexei Miller on Friday.
The Belarusian president expressed outrage at some reports in the Russia media saying that journalists are trying to cast him in a negative light and blame for maneuvering between Russian and the West.
“I just want to say that this is not an alien country for you, not an alien land. We will always do what is good to Russian companies and to Russia in general. Belarus is ready to support all kinds of projects, be it construction projects or the ones connected with our main cooperation avenues. Please tell us if we can do something outside Belarus, we will join you immediately. You should always remember it,”Belarusian state-run agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.
The Belarusian president asked to inform Russia’s government about this position and stressed that there are no commercial interests behind these words. Belarus never traded and will never trade our common security and our common independence, he added.
According to Lukashenka, there is no need to choose between the West or Russia.
“Russia is our common Fatherland. We have never had serious collisions; we just had to solve a number of tiny issues in our common home. But we have never had big problems and will never have. At least, Belarus will never cause them,” he said.
At that, the Belarusian leader ‘openly and honestly’ stated that he would like to normalize relations with the European Union and the United States.
www.belsat.eu/en/, following BelTA