Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he expected from his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko a more pragmatic attitude towards the opposition.
"I think he [Lukashenko] has changed a lot lately. I thought he would choose a more pragmatic stance towards the opposition. When I talked to him, it seemed to me that he had changed for the better," Yanukovych said in an interview with the Polish media.
The Ukrainian president noted that public opinion polls had confirmed Lukashenko's victory in the presidential election.
"But when I saw what happened in Belarus, I was surprised. Figuratively speaking, he crossed the line. I think that he was misled by the security services. He trusted them too much," Yanukovych said.
"And I believe that had it been possible to avoid such developments, he would have done so," the Ukrainian president concluded.