On the eve of his visit to Belarus Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to the Syrian newspaper "Al-Watan". Much of the conversation focused on the relations between Belarus and Russia, and the United States.
"Russia took advantage of our belief in its boundless devotion" — this is learned by Lukashenko said in an interview with the Syrian newspaper.
"Duration of the relationship between Belarus and Russia, our boundless faith in the honesty and dedication to the partner led to what we have in terms of raw materials are dependent on Russia, which until recently was our almost exclusive supplier of hydrocarbons. Those of our partners are easy to use, trying to push through their interests in Belarus. Applying the methods of economic blackmail for political purposes, using the tools of information warfare. But any diktat unacceptable. I hope it's still in Moscow will understand "- said Alexander Lukashenko.
He said "the pursuit of a major Russian capital to get tidbits of the Belarusian economy, which belong to our people."
However, Lukashenko said that the strategic alliance with Russia — an intelligent choice. Therefore, he said,
developing relationships with other partners, "we have never acted and will act to the detriment of Russia." "We are, in fact, a people with a shared history," — he said.
On He said, opportunities to deepen cooperation with Russia should further rise with the establishment of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. "Unless, of course, this alliance will work fully, without exceptions and limitations. By the way, this is a very interesting project for the Syrian business that is able through Belarus have virtually unfettered access to a market of 170 million people, "- said Alexander Lukashenko.
About the EU
With regard to relations with the EU, they are, according to Alexander Lukashenko, has recently really started to change for the better.
"Certain progress in relations with the EU — not a change of orientation, and the result of the previously stated long-term goal — to conduct a multi-vector foreign policy. I think the theme of our dialogue with the EU has played a significant role in the exacerbation of the Belarusian-Russian relations. And it a fortiori surprising that our Russian colleagues are actively encouraged us to establish relations with the EU ", — said the President of Belarus.
Responding to a question, possible characterize the relations of Belarus with the new U.S. administration, and whether they are better off with the arrival of President Barack Obama, Alexander Lukashenko said: "With the current White House administration Republic of Belarus is a neat dialogue. Recently, the process began deeskalyatsyi bilateral relations, their atmosphere gradually returning to normal. The United States has made some small steps aimed at improving bilateral relations. "
The Belarusian leader spoke positively about the overall policy direction of the Obama administration: "I have already stated that
policies of Barack Obama, aimed at finding partners, the development of relationships based on mutual interest and mutual respect, harmony with our principles of establishing inter-state cooperation, among them — shmatvektarnasts, honesty and openness. It is these principles should guide the American administration in the implementation of its policy on the Belarusian direction. I want to stress that Belarus has never initiated the deterioration of relations with the United States. Belarus has consistently advocated for their normalization. "
According to Alexander Lukashenko, it comes from the fact that both Belarus and the U.S. are equally interested in normalizing relations.
"For this, however, the political will, we must reject the attitudes and stereotypes that have outlived their usefulness. In this context, the effect of U.S. economic sanctions against one of the largest Belarusian enterprises — "Belneftekhim" — prevents the normalization of Belarusian-American relations on a whole range of issues, "- said the Belarusian leader.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the last year to strengthen high-level and senior representatives of the U.S. administration, the legislature, the business community.
"In June last year, I met with a representative delegation of the U.S. Congress. In March 2010, received the heads of a number of major U.S. companies. The visit was unofficial start of the Business Cooperation Council of Belarus, USA. We have declared their readiness to begin a fruitful cooperation with the United States, not only in economic but also in other areas, "- said the president.
However, he added that "we are realistic and do not expect a significant improvement in bilateral relations in the near future, this process is not instantaneous, it will be long, but we are ready to work with the new U.S. administration in this direction," — said Alexander Lukashenko .