MINSK, December 6 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarus should in no case break up relations with Russia, the head of the Belarussian state, Alexander Lukashenko, told the 4th All-Belarussian National Assembly on Monday.
"We rely on those who extend a hand to us, but this is not to the detriment of our relations with Russia," he said. "However our relations may shape, we will sacredly fulfill our duty to Russia. We have promised this. We have treaties and agreements. And even if we find it immensely difficult with this unfortunate oil and natural gas, all this will pass. I am sure this will pass. What we have been doing of late was not politics, not strategy; it was just an outburst of emotions. All this will surely pass," he said.
"Calm down, don't criticize me," Lukashenko added, addressing the delegates of the assembly. "I realize no worse than you that we must in no case break up relations with Russia. We have been one country. We are one people. We have the same roots. We will, perhaps, never cooperate with anyone as closely as with Russia," he said.
"We will normalize these relations," the Belarussian president promised. "You will see: they will normalize the same way as they suddenly, so-to-say, worsened. Anything can happen. Perhaps, Putin is right when he says that relatives in one kitchen quarrel, too."