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Monday, March 12, 2018

Lukashenko accused Russia of economic pressure, “It’s already over the edge”

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday met with Union state Secretary Grigory Rapota in an interview which expressed dissatisfaction with the development of bilateral economic relations. He accused Moscow of pressure, called to decide the future of joint integration projects.

photo: Lily Sharlovskoe

Alexander Lukashenko

Lukashenko noted that the two countries fiddling with a few months of unsuccessfully trying to negotiate the price of gas. In this regard, the reduction of oil supplies from Russia Minsk perceives as pressure, reports Reuters. “But the pressure I will not tolerate, too, and Belarusians,” – said the Belarusian leader.

Not so long ago, he noted that Russia and Belarus are almost agreed on the price of gas and will soon sign the relevant documents.

By the way, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak had really been linked to the reduction of oil supplies to Belarus so that this country pays Gazprom for gas. In “Gazprom” have underlined that Belarus is Russia actually “needs nothing”, and proceedings, upon payment conducted with the Belarusian “daughter” of monopoly.

Another significant reason for dissatisfaction with Lukashenko considers it “locks” on the supply of certain types of food products to Russia. He noted that recognized in Russia as substandard goods , however, sold in the European Union. In this situation, Lukashenko blames Russia’s “oligarchs from agriculture”, which lobby their interests at the state level in an effort to get rid of competing products from Belarus.

“The reason I openly talk about it? Because already tired, it’s too much, then it can not continue”, – continued to resent Lukashenko, repeating the thesis about “barefaced pressure” of the Kremlin.

However, the folding joint projects speech does not go, stated the Belarusian leader. According to him, Minsk first of all we need clarity about whether to continue deep integration of the two States or not.

“We always try to adapt to their neighbors in order not to disturb them, but we also have a private interest,” – said Lukashenko in a conversation with Rapota.

Rapota has noticed that in the process the relations between the two States is multifaceted and it always involved a lot of people. “The occurrence of those or other problems – naturally, it will always be” – he said, adding that the main thing — that contradiction does not fundamentally harm bilateral relations.


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