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11 Apr 2017

Lukashenko against solving domestic issues through aggressive foreign policy

Lukashenko against solving domestic issues through aggressive foreign policy

RECHITSA, 11 April (BelTA) – Solving domestic issues through aggressive foreign policy is unacceptable, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he commented on the recent U.S. missile attack on a Syrian airbase during his meeting with the personnel of OAO Rechitsadrev on 11 April, BelTA has learned.

“I was very sad to hear about the attack. Solving domestic political issues through aggressive foreign policy is not the right thing to do. Today the United States cannot transform or rule the whole world alone or with its closest NATO allies. They should limit their appetites and take care of the things of their greatest interest. And their major interests are in North America,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian leader invited the participants to take a broader look at the issue. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States by the people, but he is confronted by the country’s political elite and the parliament. The U.S. leader tries to keep his campaign promises, and his initiatives are obstructed in every way. “He has to prove his ability to run the country, and he faces opposition from those who lost, and also from some of the rich,” Alexander Lukashenko pointed out. In such situations, some push the button to solve domestic political issues and please the people, he added.

On the other side of the scale we have gas attacks on civilians in Syria (if they did take place as claimed), the head of state added. Although the information about the gas attacks was rather contradictory, it was the official reason of the U.S. missile strike.

Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that before taking such serious actions, it is necessary to analyze the situation thoroughly.

The Belarusian leader cited China’s foreign policy as an example. China is a powerful country with state-of-the-art weapons, and it does not engage in international conflicts. The country is busy developing its economy. Now it is the world’s leader in many aspects.

As for Russia and the United States, Alexander Lukashenko believes that the two nuclear powers will not come to open confrontation. Otherwise, the world will face a catastrophe, since other countries possessing nuclear weapons will get engaged. “The world has come to a very dangerous line it has never seen before,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

He believes that the leaders of the world powers should sit down at the negotiating table to talk about what kind of world people want to live in and make relevant decisions.

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