Lukashenko Blasts Zhirinovsky, Swears on Belarus’ Independence

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MINSK, Belarus – State sovereignty is holy, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Russian journalists in Minsk this morning on Friday, December 14th, adding that he would not allow its loss of sovereignty.

“I always feel this threat (loss of sovereignty. – ed.) From one side, then from the other, I am the president. <…> This is the main issue of the president’s work – to ensure the sovereignty of the country,” RIA Novosti quotes Lukashenko .

According to him, at present there are no absolutely independent states in the world, but sovereign ones do exist.

Lukashenko also blasted the proposal of the Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky to divide the country – Belarus – into regions and be included in Russia, stressing that this would never happen. “And if such categories of leadership of Russia thinks, it is to the detriment of Russia,” he added.

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The president also touched upon the topic of taxes  in the Russian oil industry. In his opinion, this threatens the independence of Belarus, writes  NSN with reference to Interfax .

The so-called tax plan is planned to be implemented in 2019-2024. It implies a gradual resetting of the export duty on oil and an increase in the MET rate. Additional costs for Belarus arise from the expected increase in the price of Russian oil and lower export duties on petroleum products.

Earlier on Friday, December 14, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that on December 25th, Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

FRN has long assessed that Minsk is generally tied closely with Moscow, and that the main idea behind Lukashenko’s posturing and role in any number of forums and agreements, is to promote the simulacrum of sovereignty within the Eurasian Union as well as the CSTO – Collective Security Treaty Organization, Belarus being a member of both, something important to the elites of post-Soviet states.

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