MINSK, November 25 (Itar-Tass) - There is no worsening of relations between Belarus and Russia, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro.
"There's no worsening of relations because neither Russia nor we ourselves need it," he said adding that Russia has its own military, political and strategic interests in Belarus.
He indicated, however, that Russia makes the same type or errors that are typical of the European Union's conduct towards Belarus.
"One should take account of the reality, of the existence of the Belarussian state and the Belarussian nation, and to defend the interests of the state will be a sacred duty for anyone occupying the presidential positions here," Lukashenko said.
"The kernel of the problem is that Belarus is located between Russia and the European Union and we agree that you and the Russians each have your own interests here," he said. "But we always ask our partners to take account of our interests, too, and to understand that a nation with its own statehood lives here."