Alexander Lukashenko assured that Belarus will cope with the crisis in the economy. "We covered the second wave of the crisis. First of all — because of the rise in energy prices," — said the head of state in Astana on Wednesday, speaking at the Eurasian National University named after Gumilev.
"Maybe with the issue too far, but still important — a jump in energy prices," — said Lukashenko, referring to the financial crisis.
On the exchange rate, he said: "The one course that is established, so be it … somewhere yesterday identified it at 5,000 to the dollar, albeit devalued. Nothing. Main thing — how to dispose of it."
Lukashenko denies opinions that Belarus go to mass privatization to solve their economic problems: "In our opinion, privatization should not wear a landslide character."
The country's leadership "is not against private property … but we are for private property, that man creates himself," Interfax quoted Lukashenko.