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4 Apr 2014

Lukashenko: I consult with Moscow if Russian interests are at stake

Lukashenko: I consult with Moscow if Russian interests are at stake

MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) – No step is made without consulting Moscow if Russian interests are at stake. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Russia’s Kaluga Oblast Governor Anatoly Artamonov on 4 April, BelTA has learned.

The President remarked that too many speculations and wild guesses have been voiced recently. “It has been said that Lukashenko allegedly tries to exploit the problems Russia is facing. Only an idiot would pass up on any opportunities that open up. But remember this: whatever I may be doing now as I talk to Ukraine, the West, the East and so on, I don’t make a single step without consulting with the Russian Federation leadership if Russian interests are at stake,” said the Belarusian head of state.

“Therefore, I can give a clear answer: if Russia wants us to represent its interests in Ukraine, we will do it. If Russia wants us to go into far off lands and benefit Russia, we will do it,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

Lukashenko met with Russia’s Kaluga Oblast GovernorAlexander Lukashenko explained that, first, it will be done for the sake of the brotherly Russian nation and, second, for the sake of Belarusian interests if the two things are not contradictory. “Therefore, all kinds of speculations and wild guesses must be ruled out,” added the President.

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