Posted by Harvey Murphy
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko of anti-Russian rhetoric, indicating that he will not support the neighboring country's leader in his bid to win re-election in December.
Lukashenko has repeatedly criticized the Russian government for trying to establish military and economic integration with Belarus. Medvedev said in his video blog on Sunday that Lukashenko had gone far beyond not only diplomatic protocol, but also basic human decency.
The Russian leader was responding to Lukashenko's comment defending the former mayor of Moscow who was fired by Medvedev last week. Medvedev called for an end to meaningless tensions between the 2 countries.
Recently, the Russian President has taken several hard-line stances, including a plan to visit Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. Medvedev is seen as trying to show strong leadership with an eye on the 2012 presidential election.