MINSK, February 25 – RIA Novosti. Under the pressure of the “collective West” Belarus will further strengthen relations with its traditional partner – Russia, said the head of the republic's foreign ministry Vladimir Makei.
“In this situation, when we see open pressure from the so-called collective West, we have no choice but to further strengthen ties with our traditional partner, the fraternal state – Russia. This is absolutely understandable, especially since there are similar events, at least, “- said Makei on the air of the ONT TV channel on Thursday.
Meanwhile, according to the minister, Belarus is not going to break off relations with the West and the countries of the long-range arc, where it exports its products. “Nobody sets such a goal for himself and there is no need to do this. But in these conditions, of course, there is an objective need to strengthen our relations with Russia,” said Makei.
He also commented on the talks between the presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, held in Sochi on Monday. “During the six-hour talks, a wide range of issues was discussed, ranging from interaction in the political, trade, economic, humanitarian spheres and ending with interaction in the military-political … sphere. I am convinced that solutions have been found on many issues,” the head of the republic's Foreign Ministry added.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Lukashenka won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, in Minsk and the regions they were associated with riots. During the dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, and their manifestations had practically disappeared.
After the presidential elections, the European Union, Great Britain, USA and Canada imposed political and economic sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials, as well as enterprises loyal to the current authorities of the republic. Minsk announced a mirror response to the sanctions.
The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly stated that the protests in the country are being coordinated from abroad. Lukashenko accused the West of direct interference in the situation in the republic, noted that the unrest is directed by the United States, and the Europeans “play along” with it. Among the countries from which the protest actions are coordinated, Lukashenka named Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine.