Neither Minsk nor Moscow is ready for Belarus-Russia integration, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Thursday’s government conference.
According to him, the questions of the Belarusian Orthodox Church’s autocephaly and uniting with Russia are off the table.
“I believe these questions are exceedingly stupid and far-fetched for the sake of discussion in our society,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes him.
In his opinion, the two sides are not prepared enough for the full-fledged integration process.
“Taking notice of all possible consequences, Russia does inot have an opportunity to go for it. One should calm down and stop talking about one side making the other toe the line,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka said.
It is the equality terms that is needed for the further development of the union of Belarus and Russia. “There is no union without equality as foundation,” he stressed.
From his perspective, the major question that is now arising in Belarus-Russia relations is what to do with the Union State Foundation Treaty.
“We need to sit down at the negotiating table and see what we can decide together in line with the treaty, what we can go for without any pressure,” Lukashenka said.
Talking about the economic cooperation with Russia, the Belarusian president remembered the unsolved problem of delivering Belarusian food products to Russia
“There are small issues we’ve always told Russians about: the export of our agricultural products, food, and other goods to the Russian market. But they are not critical. I and the president of Russia have agreed that these disgraceful problems must be resolved so that they would never again be on the agenda of our top-level talks,” he stressed.
According to Lukashenka, this year will not be easy as the elections will be held in the country.
“We have enough issues that should be addressed better than they are being solved now. We are able to tackle these issues,” he added.