‘Pompeo and I conducted major operations on border’ - Lukashenka

Russia is deeply concerned over the recent visit of US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to Belarus, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka told journalists at Dobrush Paper Factory on Tuesday.

“If we declassify all the materials, the world will applaud us. Mr Pompeo, when he was CIA director, and I conducted some major operations here. They contacted us, gave us information. We detained people here with nuclear materials on the border. We detained such people without their involvement, too. This issue is number one for them,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

In his opinion, certain people are now making a fuss in Russia over the US top official’s arrival.

“Yes, he came. And I didn’t hide it, I gave you a hint that we had had a long-standing relationship [with Pompeo] without seeing each other,” the Belarusian leader said.

According to him, Russia is far more desperately trying to have deals with the United States.

“Look, they would like to exchange passionate kisses [with the US], but in vain. Are we worried about that? No, we are glad to see them hugging and kissing each other,” he added.

On February 1, Mike Pompeo met with Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Minsk. The event is regarded as the highest-level US official’s visit in the last 26 years: as far back as the year of 1994, the then US President Bill Clinton arrived in Minsk.

Talking to Pompeo, Lukashenka stressed that although they had not met before, he had known the American top official ‘for a long time’. He claimed that Belarus held a number of operations together with the U.S. special services when Mike Pompeo served as the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

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