Lukashenko accuses Russia and says he is Ukrainian 

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2014/10/17 • Political News

Article by: Valery Kalinovsky

Minsk – President of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko spoke a lot about Ukraine at the Friday press conference for the journalists of regional media from Russia. In particular, he called to halt the war in Donbas and accused Russia of violating international agreements during the annexation of Crimea and the support of so-called ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR.’ The Belarusian President also admitted he has Ukrainian roots.

Alexandr Lukashenko dedicated almost the entire first hour of the 5,5-hour press conference for Russian journalists to the events of Ukraine, and then returned to them numerous times. Amongst other things, he spoke about Belarus’ intermediary actions in the Donbas conflict, in particular he noted that has been ready since the very beginning to send a Belarusian military contingent to break apart the participants of the conflict, however, the West allegedly refused his offer.

The Russian journalists who view Lukashenko as Russia’s loyal ally, asked him why Belarus and Russia are not “acting as a joint front” regarding the situation in Ukraine; and they obviously did not expect to hear a response containing criticism of Russia’s actions.

“Let us not lie to each other: if not for Russia, ‘DNR’ and ‘LNR’ would have been over a long time ago,” Alexandr Lukashenko noted.

The Belarus President called the events in Donbas a “massacre” and emphasized that the conflict in Ukraine can only be solved through talks, as there will be no winners in this war. Lukashenko refused to answer the question whether he considers Crimea Russian, however he lectured the journalists on the Budapest Memorandum which he personally signed in the name of Belarus in 1994, and brought up its essence.

“Therefore it is unacceptable that some state violates the territorial integrity which was guaranteed and takes the territory from such and such state,” the Belarusian President emphasized.

Lukashenko wants Smolensk and Bryansk territories

Alexandr Lukashenko also stated he is not afraid of Russia’s claims to Belarusian land, he even joked that it would be nice if Belarus got Kaliningrad oblast or Russia’s western regions, and he addressed these words to Putin.

“I say: Vladimir Vladimirovich, don’t worry, we don’t have any tension in this regard. You have to be tense, I tell him, because part of the Pskov, Smolensk and Bryansk lands once belonged to Belarus. So you’ll have to share,” noted Lukashenko.

He promised to accommodate all refugees from Ukraine, of which there are about 30 thousand in Belarus, according to him. Lukashenko also admitted he has Ukrainian roots.

“It is difficult to cut a person open and see whether they’re Russian or Belarusian. We don’t do this, because everything is mixed in Belarus: Russian blood, Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish, we even have 30 thousand Tatars living here. A Belarusian is an explosive mix, a conglomerate. Which is why we are intelligent people, because we have all this. But I am not talking about myself, but about Belarusians. I am more Ukrainian, probably,” said the Belarusian President.

Lukashenko: if nuclear weapons remained, nobody would push us around now

When they asked Alexandr Lukashenko about his biggest regret as president, the answer was honest.

“I am very sorry I removed nuclear weapons from Belarus. We did for free, absolutely. Yes, I had to adhere to agreements which were approved before my time. But I think in the chaos that was happening back then, nobody would have pressured me much. Kuchma said that we would not be able to maintain it. Today, from the height of my experience, I think we would have been able to maintain it all, it would have all been good, and nobody would be pushing us around like now,” Lukashenko noted.

Expert: it is a defense reaction to the ruling ideology in Russia

Belarusian political experts note the reinforcement of independent rhetoric on part of Lukashenko and explain it as a reaction to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“When Lukashenko speaks of territorial changes, it is most likely a defense reaction to the ruling ideology in Russia. Like the one that says that today’s independent republics are a result of Soviet policies, artificial formations which historically never existed,” says Minsk-based politics expert Pavel Usov.

According to the observers, this press conference on part of the Belarusian President was one of the most anti-Russian ones throughout his 20 years in power. Alexandr Lukashenko, besides criticizing Russia for its actions in Crimea and Donbas, also lamented that Russia is not willing to supply Belarus with weapons, and that Moscow’s actions lead to Minsk losing money.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • sandy miller

    Good for Lukashenko. Bravo if only more european leaders had as much guts. The rest are simpering cowards. Its obvious Lukashenko is not.

    • asehpe

      I think he’s playing some game. He’s gambling that Putin is not going to go far to criticize his one ally (perhaps with the exception of Nazarbayev), so he can get away with saying these things and still keeping good relations with Russia. He’s done this kind of thing before — remember the ‘milk crisis’? — and he’s always backpedaled later on.

      He just wants to ‘look independent’ so that Putin doesn’t take him (too much) for granted. In the end, he would never really antagonize Putin.

      • Don Casavant

        I agree 100% with your post! Lukashenko has walked the fence for years, however he has no spine and as soon a Putlier looks at him with a cross expression he re-cants everything he has said!

    • Milton Devonair

      Belarus could be next if Ukraine succeeds in becoming free of russia. He has to placate the west (access to those markets for his machinery), maintain control over his country by continuing to repress his own people, all the while keep putin as his friend in order to survive as the dictator he is.

      http://belarusdigest.com/story/russia-plays-war-belarus-17131

  • Milton Devonair

    Lukashenko is walking the tightrope of being a soviet dictator in a post soviet world.
    7 month ago, analysis from Poland:
    http://www.pism.pl/files/?id_plik=16744

  • Dirk Smith

    OK, now I’m totally confused…….

    • Michel Cloarec

      I am also confused !
      This is political manover but from who ?
      It must be a russian ghost writer of this speech at press conference.
      It smells too much typical tricks !

    • Don Casavant

      That is OK Dirk, so isn’t Lukashenko!

      • Michel Cloarec

        BIZARRE !

  • dok

    I am beginning to like this Lukashenko. This is an opportunity for Ukraine to cement better relations with one of its neighbors. Ukraine should sell weapons to Belarus since Lukashneko said Russia is not willing to supply Belarus with weapons. This will create jobs and markets for Ukraine’s defense industry. This would be a win win situation for Ukraine.

    • Don Casavant

      Don’t be taken in by his present act. Look what he has done in the past!

  • Joseph Fester

    Like Putin, Lukashenko is a “strong man” President. Russians like the “strong man” style of leadership, always have whether it be Tsar, Communist leader or now President. So I wonder how they will react to that “strong man” style when it is coming from Lukashenko?

  • Tim Bucknall

    If a week goes by and Luka doesn’t say the opposite, then i will join you in congratulating him. but based on previous pattern after statements like this he makes Pro-Russian Statement in next few days to reassure Putin

    • chiara

      http://www.embassybel.ru/news/c586eeb1ad00.html

      YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT A WEEK, VIDEOS, TRANSCRITION FROM BIELORUSSIA GOUVERNAMENT WEB SITE.. I’VE TRANSLATE ALLA… NO ONE WORDS OF THE ”NOVEL” OF EUROMAIDEN IS TRUE. IS THE OPPOSITE OF WATH THE NOVEL TELL. O P P O S I T UNDERSTAND OPPOSIT MINING?

      • Tim Bucknall

        Thanks 😉

  • Cw Boog

    anyone has this press conference with english subtitles?

  • Cw Boog

    anyone has link to pressconference?

    • chiara

      NO I HAVE BETTER! LINK AT THE WEB SITE OF PRESIDENT LUKASHENKO. I TRANSLATE ALL WITH GOOGLE TRANSLATE. WATH EUROMAIDAN PRES WROTE AND WATH HE SAID IS THE OPPOSITE, TOTALLY AND COMPLITE THE OPPOSITE OF THAT ”INVENTED STORY” SOME ONE CAN CALL IT EVEN ARTICLE!!! I CALL IT NOVEL. AND THE FUNNY THINKS ISRAEL COPY AND PAST THAT NOVEL LIKE IS TRUE!!!! PUTIN IS TOTALY AND COMPLITLEY RIGHT, INFORMATION AND MASS MEDIA ARE TOTALY FALSE! THAT’S THE PROF!
      http://www.embassybel.ru/news/c586eeb1ad00.html

      • Cw Boog

        Strange that then even Google Chrome with automatic translation translates it, like this and other media says except tass.ru? Thats the proof iindeed…..:-) btw all msg of you in CAPS thats rude behavior, and seems more like troll?? Remember even if PRAVDA translates as truth, it doesn’t mean it is really the truth…rofl ol

        But thanks for the link with the complete speech…:-)

        • chiara

          ah the original trasposition of wat he said is false??? you are funny!!! so yours is the truh??? really??? 5 ours trsposition talk in the web site of bielorussia is false and yours novel is true???????????? UHA UHA UHA !!! HE TELL EXAVTLEY THE OPPOSIT. EXACTLE THE OPPOSIT. THA THE FORMAL PRESIDENT IS THE OTHER, THAT POROSCENKO HAS DONE A COLPO DI STATO, THAT THE FOLT IS THE OLD ONE AND UKRAINAN!! NOW THER NAZI EUROMAIDEN I SUGGEST YOU TO TRANSLATE ALL HE SAID TO MAKE YOU A CULTURE!!!! BY BY EURO NAZI LIAR!

          • Cw Boog

            use of CAPS and use of verb nazi is troll behavior…only nazi sofar I can see sits in kremlin and is called Putin Huylo, only good thing sofar Putin Huylo has done is to get west- and east ukraine together in fighting for THEIR land, Ukraine. Merkel said sanctions only will be lifted after Putin has given back east-ukraine territority and Crimea, and thats what 90% of world wants also. That novorussia is the next bad thing of PUtin/Kremlin, before that there was Kievan Rus, Russia without the other countries/states of federation is just the backyard of Ukraine and Belarus.
            And BTW if Right-Sector fights for their country Ukraine, its alright with me, and still no need to call them nazi’s.
            Let’s be honest, under russia guidance between 25-31 August there was a gathering of europe’s fascist groups in Yalta, in annexed Crimea…
            BTW heard in Russia a pageant contest is held for anti-semetic women called miss hitler 2014..who’s nazi here? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798342/miss-hitler-2014-shocking-beauty-pageant-anti-semitic-women-russia-entrants-include-reasons-revere-reich.html

          • Dirk Smith

            Count on Maidan Moscow next spring due to your KGB clerk’s ineptitude and corruption. Can hardly wait!! :)

  • JabbaTheCat

    It is indeed fortunate for the neighbouring regions that the megalomaniac Lukashenko has no nuclear weapons…

  • chiara

    WATH YOU WROTE IS COMPLITLEY FALSE.

    HERE THE TRNSOSITION OF THE LUKASHENKO INTERWEW. 5 OUR TALK ALL INSIDFE HERE. ALL FALSE WATH YOU WROITE, I TRANSLATE ALL. WAT YOU WROTE IS COMPLITLEI FALSE, OPPOSITE OF WAT HE SAID. O P P O S I T

    HERE THE LINK BIELORUSS GOVERNAMENT WEB SITE http://www.embassybel.ru/news/c586eeb1ad00.html

    WERE YOU CAN FIND THE VIDEO ALSO, 3 OUR VIDEO…..

    BUT I’M NOT SURPRISE OF YOUR LIES, EURO-NAZI-MAIDEN, AT ALL!!!!!

    WHE WE GET IN TO EURO PEOPLE LIKE YOU TELL LIE TO MILION OF PEOPLE EXACTLEY YOU ARE DOING NOW TO UKRAINIAN PEOPLE!!! SO NOW WE NOW YOU EURO-NAZI PEOPLE!!!! I’M NOT SURPRIZE OF YOU!!!

    LUKASHENKO SAIS THE FOLT IS ALL YOUR!!! THE OPPOSITE YOU WROTE!!!!

    WATH SURPRIZE ME IS TO SEE ISRAEL FOREING AFFAIR COPY AND PAST YOUR LIE!!!! SO I HAVE TO THINK THIS EQUATION IS MAY TRUE UE=USA=ISRAEL=SIONIST= UKRAINA=NAZI !!!!

    I’M INSIDE UE ENOUGH TO KNOW PERFECTLEY THAT UE=NAZI IS TRUE SO YOU JUST DIMONSTRATE ME THAT IS ALSO TRUE ISRAEL=SIONIST=UKRAINIAN=NAZI!!! ISRALELSIONIST=USA EVEN CAT AND STONE KNOW!!!!

    SO WATH YOU WROTE IS TOTALY FALSE AND DIMONSTRATE PUTIN IS RIGHT:

    1) WHO IS LING IS YOU PEOPLE!

    2)NAZI VIRUS IS BACK

    3)”PRESS” TELL LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE

    EURO NAZI MAIDEN IF YOU REMOVE THAT MESSAGE I WILL PAST IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.WATH YOU WROTE IS COMPLITLEY FALSE.
    HERE THE TRNSOSITION OF THE LUKASHENKO INTERWEW. 5 OUR TALK ALL INSIDFE HERE. ALL FALSE WATH YOU WROITE, I TRANSLATE ALL. WAT YOU WROTE IS COMPLITLEI FALSE, OPPOSITE OF WAT HE SAID. O P P O S I T

    HERE THE LINK BIELORUSS GOVERNAMENT WEB SITE http://www.embassybel.ru/news/c586eeb1ad00.html

    WERE YOU CAN FIND THE VIDEO ALSO, 3 OUR VIDEO…..

    BUT I’M NOT SURPRISE OF YOUR LIES, EURO-NAZI-MAIDEN, AT ALL!!!!!
    WHE WE GET IN TO EURO PEOPLE LIKE YOU TELL LIE TO MILION OF PEOPLE EXACTLEY YOU ARE DOING NOW TO UKRAINIAN PEOPLE!!! SO NOW WE NOW YOU EURO-NAZI PEOPLE!!!! I’M NOT SURPRIZE OF YOU!!!

    LUKASHENKO SAIS THE FOLT IS ALL YOUR!!! THE OPPOSITE YOU WROTE!!!!

    WATH SURPRIZE ME IS TO SEE ISRAEL FOREING AFFAIR COPY AND PAST YOUR LIE!!!! SO I HAVE TO THINK THIS EQUATION IS MAY TRUE UE=USA=ISRAEL=SIONIST= UKRAINA=NAZI !!!!
    I’M INSIDE UE ENOUGH TO KNOW PERFECTLEY THAT UE=NAZI IS TRUE SO YOU JUST DIMONSTRATE ME THAT IS ALSO TRUE ISRAEL=SIONIST=UKRAINIAN=NAZI!!! ISRALELSIONIST=USA EVEN CAT AND STONE KNOW!!!!

    SO EURO-NAZI-SIONIST-MAIDEN IF YOU CANCEL THIS COMMENT LIKE BEFORE, I WILL PAST IT AND PAST IT AND PAST IT, I’VE NOTHING TO DO THIS SUNDAY!!!!

  • There is no peace in Ost Ukraine.Why they do not comply with Minsk peace treaty?Is airport in Donetsk a problem?

  • Nowhere Girl

    Actually, everyone in Europe is a “conglomerate”. “Ethnic purity” is only possible where people have truly been isolated from the outside world for centuries – deep in the Amazon, in the mountains of some Polynesian islands… But definitely not in Europe.
    And this is something I will continue to stress because I dislike both national chauvinisms and all materialist descriptions of psychosocial life. I don’t believe in any “genetic” basis for mentality or nationality just liike I don’t believe that “love is chemistry”. If love is not to be a prison and if nationality is to have any positive meaning, they must remain purely spiritual. Nationality is about which cultural codes you use and with which tiny place on the map of the Universe you identify with, not about what blood is in your veins.

  • Terry Washington

    True enough, “ethnic purity” is a fantasy only to be indulged by the likes of the Third Reich, apartheid era South Africa or in slaveowning Deep South of the US. I always Lukashenko was Belarusian not Ukrainian- oh well, there’s been a lot of intermarriage thereabouts!