At last the relations between Belarus and Russia are open and fair, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin on 2 December, BelTA has learned.
“We have known each other for a very long time and we are like-minded people. Yet, this is our first official meeting. This is kind of odd. But I think a good beginning is half the battle. We will catch up if we have missed something. However, as we see today, we can hardly blame ourselves for anything. The relations between Belarus and Russia are finally developing in an open and honest way,” the head of state said.
The president also noted that ‘it feels that the bilateral relations are free from hidden underlying movements'. “We are very happy about this. They say that some external force had an impact on us. But something always has an impact us from the outside, we also have an impact on someone. This is not the point. The point is that we understand that we must preserve the centuries-long civilization that still exists in our common fatherland. If we fail to do this, we will destroy this civilization. The West rants and raves discussing these goals of ours, but these goals remain,” the head of state emphasized.
Aleksandr Lukashenko explained that the common civilizational space means the territory of Belarus and Russia, where representatives of a huge number of ethnicities live peacefully,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.