MINSK, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the Russian loans allocated to the republic are not charity: Minsk paid about a billion dollars a year for using them. “And loans from Russia are far from charity. You know how much we pay Russia a year for those loans the resources we get? A billion dollars. At least a year ago it was like this, “Lukashenko said on Thursday in Minsk, speaking at the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. Protests in Belarus.
He drew attention to the fact that “Russia keeps its, shall we say, money in other countries, including the United States, but it receives from what it lends to the United States in this way, an order of magnitude less in terms of percentage of this money that it stores there. “. “Therefore, yes, Russia is helping us. Many thanks to her, like no one else (helps). But this is not charity. Often the interest on them (loans – ed.) Is higher than worldwide, and we return these loans on time, no one writes them off to us “, – stressed Lukashenka.
The Belarusian president believes that Russia, helping financially to Belarus, “helps itself, because Belarus is a finishing production for many sectors of the Russian economy, cooperation gives jobs to millions of Russians and means of living for their families.” of our brothers (in Russia – ed.). Do not criticize us that we are allegedly sitting on two chairs. We set the goal of ensuring the diversification of international economic ties, strive for a balance in regional security. We just want to maintain our political stability. This course, of course , maybe someone does not like it, but this is how any state acts that wants to remain sovereign and independent on the map, “Lukashenko stressed.
Lukashenko has previously repeatedly accused Russia of complicating Russian-Belarusian relations, in particular, he stated that Russia allegedly violated treaties in the economic sphere. The Kremlin called it incorrect, noting that controversial issues, including commercial ones, should be resolved calmly by Moscow and Minsk through business negotiations.
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