Lavrov hopes that Belarusians are not forced to choose from the extremes

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is on a visit to Poland, hoping that the December presidential elections in Belarus will not force voters to choose between the pro-Russian or pro-Western orientation of the country, said the agency "RIA Novosti".

"We really do not want a repeat of the situation about six years ago, when before (presidential) elections in Ukraine were also voices that Ukrainians must decide with whom they are: with Europe or with Russia," — Lavrov said at a news conference in Warsaw.

According to the Russian minister, there is every reason to believe that such a call-up once is heard. "First of all this is due to the fact that in Europe and in Russia there are no differences in terms of the tasks of development and prosperity of our common space" — Lavrov said. He also expressed the hope that elections Belarus will be fair and free, recalling that Minsk has invited foreign observers.

In turn, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski expressed his wish that the upcoming elections in Belarus "were better than the previous ones." "Since this is a European state, would like to see it used and European standards, including in respect of purity and transparency of the presidential elections, "- said the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

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