The Union of Belarus and Russia causes “too many problems”; Minsk is not going to tolerate the pressure from Moscow on a number of issues.
This statement was made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with State Secretary of the Union of Belarus and Russia, Grigory Rapota.
“We’re floating around for several months, but we still can not agree on the gas price. Because of that, Russia reduced oil supplies to Belarus. We perceive it as a pressure on Belarus, but I will not tolerate the pressure, and neither will Belarusians,” said Alexander Lukashenko.
He also mentioned blocking of export of Belarusian goods to Russia, especially food products. According to the Belarusian leader, the EU has no problem buying these products, but Russia for some reason claims they are of bad quality.
Lukashenko supposes that shipping Belarusian goods at reasonable prices “hits the pockets of the oligarchs of agriculture in Russia”, which is why they put pressure on Russian authorities.
“We’ve had enough, it’s beyond acceptable. This can not last any longer,” said President of Belarus.
He said that comparing to the last year, the trade turnover between the countries has decreased by 10%. According to the Belarusian President, there is also “too much criticism, not only at the level of integration of the two countries, but also at the level of the Eurasian Economic Union.”