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06.05.2009

Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to NA Reuters

On May 4th President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to one of the world’s largest international news agencies Reuters. By the way, Belarus’ President meets the journalists of this agency for the third year in a row. It should be noted that the President’s meetings with foreign journalists have become usual and even regular. In many respects this has to do with a heightened interest to Belarus in the whole world, yet this British news agency is perhaps the most frequent interviewer.

On May 4th President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to one of the world’s largest international news agencies Reuters. By the way, Belarus’ President meets the journalists of this agency for the third year in a row. It should be noted that the President’s meetings with foreign journalists have become usual and even regular. In many respects this has to do with a heightened interest to Belarus in the whole world, yet this British news agency is perhaps the most frequent interviewer.

The conversation was held on the eve of the founding summit “Eastern Partnership”. That is why, the first 10 out of 30 questions had to do with the relations between Belarus and the EU. In particular, the President of Belarus noted that “participation in the initiative “Eastern Partnership” will enable Belarus to balance its foreign policy”. The President stated that in recent years Belarus had “left for” the East, having multiplied the turnover with Russia, China, Vietnam and other states many times. “The fact that finally we have an opportunity to balance our foreign policy is very important to us,” stressed the Head of State.

Alexander Lukashenko also said that Belarus’ participation in this European initiative should not be misinterpreted as a turn or an about-face towards somebody in particular. “We mean no attacks against anybody,” said Belarus’ leader. “We are not going to participate in the “partnership” turning our back upon Russia”. Moreover, according to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus has proposed to include the Russian Federation in some projects of “Eastern Partnership” that are currently being developed. The President noted that “if someone intends to make “Eastern Partnership” anti-Russian, they will definitely lose and won’t reach their goals” and added that “if any Russian enemies are found in the initiative, Belarus has nothing to do there”.

The interview lasted for an hour and a half. The President spoke not only about foreign policy but also about other pressing problems such as the impact of the crisis, interconfessional dialogue as well as domestic policy issues.

Make a note. Agency Reuters was founded in London in 1851 by Paul Julius Reuter. At present more than 16000 people in 132 countries including 2300 journalists, news photographers and cameramen are employed by the agency. Last year Reuters circulated more than three million pieces of news.