Medvedev to describe his view of Russia-Belarus relations in video blog

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has prepared a post for his video blog where he described his view of the relations between Russia and Belarus, the president's press secretary Natalya Timakova said.

The video will be available on the Internet after 22.00 p.m. Moscow time.

Medvedev started his own video blog on the official Kremlin website in October 2008. It was one of the phases of his drive to make maximum use of modern technology across Russia.

"Today the president has considered important to speak about his view of the relations between Russia and Belarus," Timakova said.

Tensions between Russia and Belarus have been at an all-time high over a number of issues including energy and Minsk's refusal to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Accordingly, there has been speculation that Russia, which has traditionally backed incumbent Belarusian President Lukashenko, may lend its support to an opposition candidate in time of the December 19 presidential election in Belarus.

Lukashenko has expressed confidence that neither the Kremlin, nor the West would exert pressure on Belarus during the forthcoming polls.

MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti)


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