The Belarusian president believes that Minsk remains the last ally of Moscow, and Russia “cannot imagine in a nightmare” that it will lose it, because Russian domestic politics will suffer because of this
Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nikolai
(Photo: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti)
Moscow does not want to lose Minsk either economically or politically, as this will cause a “severe blow” to Russia’s domestic policy. This was announced at a meeting with representatives of the Minsk region by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, fragments of his speech were shown by the Belarus 1 television channel.
“The only ally that remained with Russia is Belarus,” he said.
“I often [президенту России Владимиру] I’m saying this to Putin: I understand you, you cannot lose Belarus. I understand that you cannot fight to save Belarus, either, ”the Belarusian leader continued, adding that Russia was being“ pushed out of very marginal markets ”: the European Union and Ukraine.
The Kremlin reported on “good statements” by Lukashenko
According to Lukashenko, Belarus is the second largest consumer of Russian gas after Germany, and also buys a huge amount of Russian oil.