On February 11th, in a stark change in course and policy, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko began making grand claims in regard to further integration with Russia.
“The last large-scale sociological study: we asked people how they feel about integration with Russia, the European Union. I am afraid to be mistaken by half a percent percent 71.5% spoke primarily in favor of integration with Russia, about 30% of 100% – with the EU. We will publish these very interesting data, you will look at them,” Lukashenko said.
Lukashenko also said the following in regard to relations with Russia, war and peace:
“Only by rallying we will preserve the stability of our countries. Whether there will be peace or war here depends on the link Belarus-Russia or Russia-Belarus. Everything will depend on our unity with Russia.”
“You have not a closed, but an open fracture there!” Alexander Lukashenko said at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly that there was an attempt at rebellion in Belarus, not a “color revolution”.
“The color revolution in Belarus was impossible. Therefore, relying on certain internal forces, an attempt was made not to a color revolution, but to rebel according to the principle of a blitzkrieg. Blitzkrieg failed. We held our country. Until.”
Still, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that with the further integration of Minsk and Moscow, the countries should fully maintain their sovereignty, new supranational bodies in the Union are not needed.
“Today we openly declare our readiness for further substantive work to improve inter-sectoral cooperation within the framework of the Union State, observing mutual interests and on the basis of equality of the two members of the Union. I would like to emphasize that this process presupposes the full preservation of the sovereignty of both countries, without the formation of any new supranational bodies. “, said Lukashenko, speaking in Minsk at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.
He stressed that “the entire system of organs of the Union State has been created, and it has not yet worked its way, it is still viable.” “It cannot be thrown into a landfill. This is a parliamentary assembly, a council of ministers, and finally, the supreme state council of the Union State,” Lukashenka continued.
He urged Belarusian MPs “to go this way.” “And let’s see what the peoples will say,” the Belarusian leader said.
Lukashenko said that the Russian loans allocated to the republic are not charity: Minsk paid about a billion dollars a year to use them.
“And loans from Russia are far from charity. Do you know how much we pay Russia a year for the credit resources we receive? A billion dollars. At least a year ago it was like this,” Lukashenko said on Thursday in Minsk speaking at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.
He drew attention to the fact that “Russia keeps its, shall we say, money in other countries, including the United States, but it receives from what it lends to the United States in this way, an order of magnitude less in terms of percentage of this money that it stores there.”
“Therefore, yes, Russia helps us. Many thanks to Russia, as it helps us like no one else. But this is not charity. Often the interest on them Is higher than worldwide, and we return these loans on time, no one writes off them to us “, stressed Lukashenko.
Upcoming is a meeting between Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the agenda of the meeting, is being formed and that it is too early to talk about any topics.
On February 10th, Peskov announced preparations for a meeting between the leaders of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko.
“On the topics that will be on the agenda of the upcoming visit to Russia of President of Belarus Lukashenko, well, it is too early to speak. The visit continues to be prepared. The agenda is being formulated. Again, I will not go into any details yet. We consider it premature,” he said.
Lukashenko in the beginning of 2020 spent his time blaming Russia for high gas prices, then moved on to finding Russian agents looking to destabilize the country.
Then, after the attempt at a coup against him, and it is still on-going, his stance changed to wishing further integration with Moscow.
Belarus has, for a while, been part of a United State with Russia, but the Lukashenko government has spent many years sabotaging any integration.
His claims are grand, but it is yet to be seen if they will just be left on paper, or any concrete steps will be undertaken to represent the “people’s will” as the alleged survey showed.
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