The Russian Lower House Speaker Boris Gryzlov and the Upper House member Vadim Gustov have been giving their opinion on recent anti-Russian rhetoric by the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
They dismissed it as preposterous and probably aimed at distracting domestic attention from a possible drop in living standards after Russia stops supplying Belarus with subsidized oil beginning with January.
Mr Gryzlov also looked forward to a time when Russia and Belarus overcame differences and became good friends again.
Belarus refines Russian oil and sells the resulting products to the West at full market prices. It uses profits from this trade to invest in its economy and pay livable wages.