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Lukashenko: There'll be no unification of Belarus and Russia

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Talks about Belarus merging with Russia are stupid and far-fetched. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement during the government conference held on 10 January to discuss the country's social and economic development in 2019 and approaches to further integration work, BelTA reports.

“Today there is too much talk about the unification of the two countries. I am analyzing the situation in our society and in Russia. Many questions are being asked about the autocephaly of our church in Belarus due to the church situation in Ukraine. I believe these questions are exceedingly stupid and far-fetched for the sake of discussion in our society,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The president made it clear that the unification of the two countries is out of the question. “I and the president of Russia have decided in no uncertain terms that there is no such item – unification – on the agenda today,” the head of state pointed out.

Alexander Lukashenko reminded that back in the day Belarus and Russia signed the Union State Foundation Treaty and had been advancing their relations in strict compliance with this document. “We were supposed to pass a Constitutional Act in due course, that is the Constitution of the Union State. The document would have regulated everything: administrative powers, executive powers, a single currency, policy. Russia refused to follow this path once. I reminded the president of Russia about it and he agreed it had happened like that. The question is what are we going to do with the Union State Treaty now? We should start negotiations and see what we can do together today in line with the treaty, what we can embark upon without any pressure,” noted the president.

Alexander Lukashenko stated that the union of Belarus and Russia can grow only on the basis of equality. “Not because Lukashenko wants it this way as the situation is presented in Russia but because we are talking about the fundamental principles of building any union. There is no union without equality as foundation,” said the Belarusian leader. “Everything must happen on equality terms. The people of the Russian Federation and Belarus have to want it. We should keep in mind the opinion of our people all the time as we form this union. This is why the unification of the two countries is off the table due to multiple reasons as you understand.”

Russia would not go for it, Alexander Lukashenko is convinced. President of Russia Vladimir Putin confirmed it in a conversation with the Belarusian head of state. “Russia is unable to go ahead with it considering all the consequences. This is why people should calm down and stop talking about someone bending anyone to someone's will. No will will be bent,” noted the Belarusian leader.

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