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12 Jan 2015

Ioffe: The West sees Belarusian President through the prism of cliches and stereotypes

Ioffe: The West sees Belarusian President through the prism of cliches and stereotypes

MINSK, 12 January (BelTA) - The West sees Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko through the prism of cliches and stereotypes, Professor at the University of Redford (Virginia, United States) Grigory Ioffe said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel. Grigory Ioffe is in Minsk to present the book about the President of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

The West underestimates Alexander Lukashenko as a political leader, said Grigory Ioffe. "Alexander Lukashenko is often underestimated. He is not very well understood in view of the specific situation in Belarus,” noted the Professor.

According to him, the Western society needs to move away from the emotional and biased evaluations. As for the situation in Belarus, it is a relatively small state, which is located between the EU and Russia, between the two power centers, said Grigory Ioffe. Moreover, as a country with an open economy, Belarus seeks to trade both with the East and the West, he added.

Grigory Ioffe stressed that opinion polls show that the Belarusians, as compared with Russians and Ukrainians, demonstrate greater confidence in the future and show a higher degree of confidence in the government institutions.

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