Lukashenko urges, don't dramatize discord with Russia

Tensions between Russia and Belarus should not be exaggerated and dramatized, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday.

"We pushed the breaks in the process of creating the Union state, of course," he admitted, adding that those hindrances could be overcome.

"We'll normalize our relations with Russia, we'll find the ways to do that," said Lukashenko as quoted by Belorussian state news agency Belta.

"Russia can't stand without Belarus, and Belarus can't stand without Russia. We should have normalized our relations. All contradictions will disappear into the past," he went on.

This week, a war of words between Minsk and Moscow reached a climax with presidents and parliaments of both countries accusing each other of unfriendly behavior.

Moscow accused Lukashenko of using anti-Russian rhetoric in his pre-election campaign and called the current state of mutual relations a dead end.

According to Belta, Lukashenko was also about to start a three-day visit to China on Saturday.


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