Russia will never be an empire again, it has no resources for it, says Lukashenko

From a certain moment, the building of the economic union of Russia and Belarus is going downhill, complains Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

The international community will not leave it alone if Russia tries to disrupt it sovereignty of Belarus. President Lukashenko said this on Tuesday in an interview given to the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow and in which he did not shy away from critical remarks about Moscow.

“If Russia tries to undermine our sovereignty, you know how it will react international community. They will be drawn into the war. West and NATO it (presumed threat to Belarusian sovereignty) will no longer be tolerated, because they will consider it their own threat. And in something they will have true, “said the authoritarian Belarusian president, who from time to time he does not spare critical addresses to Moscow, although Russia remains his most important ally.

Among other things, Lukashenko also said that Russia would never be an empire again. “I am very disappointed in you. Russia will never be an empire again. He has no resources for that. “ told moderator Echo of Moscow. “You lost everything bit by bit. Everything. The only reason for this is yourself (Russia), “the president added.

In the next part of the interview, Moscow also blamed that every year in relation to Minsk “tightens the screws” and raises prices. He pointed out for example, the Belarusian trade deficit with Russia of nine billion dollars and claimed that Russia did not want to sell to Belarus natural gas per ruble.

“From a certain point in building our union,” it began to work downstairs, “Lukashenko said. “When around Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) began to be shaped by pragmatists, merchants, they thought they would live without all that they do not need Belarus, which they will press quietly. The economy is good there, so we will increase the prices of energy raw materials, “he said President of Belarus.

Lukashenko, who has ruled his country with a firm hand for more than quarter, has relied on cheap Russian energy and Russian loans, keeping the Belarusian economy in motion in the Soviet style. But the Kremlin put Belarus under pressure by rising oil and gas prices and falling subsidies.

Lukashenko met with Putin in Sochi on December 7. Thanks to this At the meeting, the two countries allegedly approached to resolve the disagreements relating to oil and gas supplies. But Lukashenko, according to the media he said he would not give up Belarusian independence. Some of his countrymen did however, they fear that an agreement would be reached to deepen economic integration could pave the way for Russia’s absorption. She had already raised these fears Russian annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014.

From a certain moment, the building of the economic union of Russia and Belarus is going downhill, complains Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

The international community will not leave it alone if Russia tries to disrupt it sovereignty of Belarus. President Lukashenko said this on Tuesday in an interview given to the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow and in which he did not shy away from critical remarks about Moscow.

“If Russia tries to undermine our sovereignty, you know how it will react international community. They will be drawn into the war. West and NATO it (presumed threat to Belarusian sovereignty) will no longer be tolerated, because they will consider it their own threat. And in something they will have true, “said the authoritarian Belarusian president, who from time to time he does not spare critical addresses to Moscow, although Russia remains his most important ally.

Among other things, Lukashenko also said that Russia would never be an empire again. “I am very disappointed in you. Russia will never be an empire again. He has no resources for that. “ told moderator Echo of Moscow. “You lost everything bit by bit. Everything. The only reason for this is yourself (Russia), “the president added.

In the next part of the interview, Moscow also blamed that every year in relation to Minsk “tightens the screws” and raises prices. He pointed out for example, the Belarusian trade deficit with Russia of nine billion dollars and claimed that Russia did not want to sell to Belarus natural gas per ruble.

“From a certain point in building our union,” it began to work downstairs, “Lukashenko said. “When around Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) began to be shaped by pragmatists, merchants, they thought they would live without all that they do not need Belarus, which they will press quietly. The economy is good there, so we will increase the prices of energy raw materials, “he said President of Belarus.

Lukashenko, who has ruled his country with a firm hand for more than quarter, has relied on cheap Russian energy and Russian loans, keeping the Belarusian economy in motion in the Soviet style. But the Kremlin put Belarus under pressure by rising oil and gas prices and falling subsidies.

Lukashenko met with Putin in Sochi on December 7. Thanks to this At the meeting, the two countries allegedly approached to resolve the disagreements relating to oil and gas supplies. But Lukashenko, according to the media he said he would not give up Belarusian independence. Some of his countrymen did however, they fear that an agreement would be reached to deepen economic integration could pave the way for Russia’s absorption. She had already raised these fears Russian annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014.