April 20, 2017 - Fort Russ News -
RIA Novosti - translated by J. Arnoldski -
Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has denied rumors that Minsk has turned its foreign policy around in favor of the West.
At a meeting in Minsk with the governor of Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region, Valeriy Shantsev, Lukashenko stated: “Don’t pay attention when someone says that we’ve turned in some direction, turned towards the West or somewhere else. We perfectly understand our place: no one in the West needs us, and just how much they ‘love’ me in the West has not changed.”
The Belorussian head of state also mentioned that Belorussia finds itself in the center of Europe and is therefore "compelled" to pursue a multi-vectored policy in order to “save the country, its security, sovereignty, independence, stability, and so that people could live normally, including Russians.”
Lukashenko emphasized that Belorussia “cannot afford to quarrel with Russia, the West, or Ukraine.” Speaking to the situation surrounding Ukraine, he added: “What good would it be if we had a situation like the one in Ukraine? There are no problems whatsoever for Russians in Belorussia.”
The president also touched on the situation with the Russian and Belorussian languages in the country: “We are not forgetting the Belorussian language - things are as they should be.”
However, Lukashenko recalled, the overwhelming majority of Belorussians use Russian in their lives. “We will never abandon Russian,” the head of state concluded.
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