Belarusian President to his Russian counterpart: ‘Vladimir Vladimirovich, we will always support you!’

There is no need to be afraid of sanctions of the West because Belarus and Russia can cope with them together, Aliaksandr Lukashenka said at the informal meeting of five heads of state in Moscow on 8 May.

According to the Belarusian leader, the West has, in fact, started to escalate the tensions. They are trying to impose certain economic and financial sanctions.

“But we have not resorted to the main tool in this situation. Our capabilities will increase manifold if we act together. We can overcome these sanctions. I am absolutely convinced that there is nothing to be afraid of,” news agency BelTA quotes him as saying.

Mr Lukashenka believes that the countries should use their internal potential in this situation. It is complementary: if Russia is short of something, other countries can help. If other countries lack something, Russia can pitch in. Therefore, we should focus on the mobilization of internal reserves to overcome these obstacles, although they are not that dangerous,” he remarked. He also stressed that Belarus has lived with sanctions for more than a decade. Belarus understands what sanctions mean and what they can evolve into.

“We will hold out in any situation,” Mr Lukashenka said. Vladimir Vladimirovich, you must know that we will always support you. I say all that not because mass media representatives are here. We have no other choice but to be together. If we act separately we will get the same what is happening in Ukraine,” the Belarusian leader emphasized., via

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