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7 Oct 2016

Lukashenko calls for positive balance in Belarus’ international relations

MINSK, 7 October (BelTA) – In the current complicated international conditions Belarus has to secure a real positive balance in relations with all the neighbors as well as all the leading geopolitical centers of power. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he addressed outgoing and newly elected members of the country’s parliament on 7 October, BelTA has learned.

The head of state said: “I have to admit that in the past we often talked about a multiple-vector policy but in reality we’ve been flying on one wing. Life demonstrated to us that in a crisis we face excessive risks of being dependent on political moods in the relevant countries. Our task is to secure a real positive balance in relations with all the neighbors as well as all the leading geopolitical centers of power.”

The President underlined that the task is extremely complicated. “We are not trying to sit on two chairs at once as some people claim. We are forced to pursue this policy to avoid offending anyone, to avoid damaging anyone’s interests, to stay strong and to avoid becoming someone else’s province once again. Do you think it is a wrong point of view? It is not my idea. It is an embodiment of hopes and desires of the entire Belarusian nation,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

“Don’t try to reproach us for the balancing act, don’t claim we are trying to sit on two or three chairs at once. It is not the case. We are doing everything in order to safeguard this country and this nation. It is what our policy is all about,” stressed the President.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked: “We are ready to cooperate with everyone for the sake of this goal. We survived when we were bent and faced sanctions. Later on the West lifted these sanctions.”

The head of state underlined that Belarus needs peace and security, friendship and cooperation between nations while the Belarusian nation is the most international one.

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