Belarus will face a bleak outlook towards its future if it turns its back on Russia, notorious pro-Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov said.
As is standard, the Ukrainian issue has had top priority in a recent edition of News Of The Week at TV station Rossiya. According to its host Kiselyov, Ukraine is not welcome in the West. In his view, Europe and the United States consider Kyiv just an an ace-in-the-hole in their game against Russia.
But then he unexpectedly proceeded to the Belarusian matters.
“And now Lukashenka is trying to scare Russia from Minsk. They say that Russia may lose an ally. Of course, we are dead against it. But if Minsk opts for being without Russia, the future of Belarus will be ghosty. Of course, Russia will become weaker, there will be no Belarus at all. One should not cherish any illusions. That is why the Russians and Russia are in favour of maintaining our very close relationship and the preservation of a large and powerful single ethnic group,” Kiselyov stressed.
At the end of 2018, the Belarusian-Russian relations significantly deteriorated. In late December there were some meetings of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader pressed for ‘further integration’ while his Belarusian counterpart insisted on reducing gas prices and getting compensation for the tax maneuver. The talks seem to have ended in deadlock.
Dmitry Kiselyov, who is often accused of fuelling anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western hysteria, issued a stark warning to the United States about Moscow’s nuclear capabilities in March, 2014 as the White House threatened sanctions over Crimea‘s referendum on union with Russia.
“Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” he said on his weekly current affairs show. Behind him was a backdrop of a mushroom cloud following a nuclear blast.
Dmitry Kiselyov gained notoriety after he became an anchorman at Sunday’s news program on TV channel Rossiya 1. In his interpretation broadcasting news turns into shows of hatred. For his ‘loyalty’ he was promoted to Director of international informational agency Russia Today.