Opposition presidential candidate: We do not need Union State of Russia and Belarus

In an interview with popular Russian media outlet Meduza, presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has shared his views on how the Belarus-Russia relations should be built in the future.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Photo: Svyatlana Lazarenka / Belsat

According to her, incumbent president Alyaksandr Lukashenka always makes important decisions son his own and does everything to maintain his personal rule regime.

“And for the sake of his power, he will sell everything, including the country’s independence,” she stressed.

Tsikhanouskaya’s rally in Homiel. 26 July 2020. Photo: Svyatlana Lazarenka / Belsat

When asked about her attitude to the idea of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, Tsikhanovskaya said:

I believe that Belarus does not need the Union State. Belarus must be an independent state. There should be usual interstate relations between us, we do not need any additional agreements. In such case, no unnecessary temptations to make any country join another will arise. We are friends anyway, we have a lot in common. Of course, relations must be good, economic ties must continue to develop. But all this must be on an equal footing, in the interests of the both countries.

Tsikhanouskaya’s rally in Homiel. 26 July 2020. Photo: Svyatlana Lazarenka / Belsat

Independence is our absolute value, we do not sell it, we do not trade it, we do not even discuss this issue. We are peaceful people and will be friends with everyone, but only in the interests of our own country. We need to create our partnership on an equal footing, not on the dependence on a gas or loans.”

Russia is our neighbour, and that is why we want it to be a civilised and democratic state, the presidential hopeful added.

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