President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that “good” talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also stressed that in relations with the Kremlin had “nothing hidden” and there is no voltage – although “the problem is always there”. Lukashenka said today about the “puppeteers” of “Gazprom”, who led his opponent in the presidential election – arrested Viktor Babariko.
The afternoon of 19 June a telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader at a meeting with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the conversation turned “good”, BelTA reports.
“We really held such an open, good conversation. Although many here think we have something to spark. Nothing sparks! There are always problems,” — said Lukashenko.
The press service of the Kremlin said earlier that the presidents touched on some aspects of Russian-Belarusian cooperation in the fight against coronavirus infection, as well as “current topics of the agenda.” Among other things, Lukashenko discussed with Putin the finalization of the intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition of visas.
At the same time the press-Secretary of Lukashenko Natalia Eismont said that the situation around the BGB was not discussed.
The former head of Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko in may announced its participation in the presidential elections as a candidate. Shortly thereafter, in the management of the Bank hosted a series of arrests, accusations of the address of the top-managers in money laundering and tax evasion. He Babariko along with his son were detained by Belarusian security forces on 18 June – when the candidate went to hand over the collected signatures in support of his nomination.
Lukashenko shortly thereafter announced that authorities foiled a large-scale plan to destabilize the country, which was attended by foreign “puppeteers”. “We still managed to do some steps ahead of the curve and disrupt the large-scale plan to destabilize Belarus,” — said the Belarusian leader.
In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “Belarus has the right to conduct the foreign policy that it considers appropriate and useful.” A month before, Lukashenka said that the Kremlin “hints” on the accession of his country to Russia in exchange for a single price for energy. Thus, according to him, no Belarussians, no Russians “will not go” that way.
Besides, Lukashenka added that Moscow and Minsk do not discuss the creation of supranational bodies within the framework of the Union state. However, work on roadmaps will continue.
“There is nothing wrong. Purely economic integration”, — quotes the head of the Belarus news Agency BelTA.
Two days earlier the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin offered Lukashenko to unite Russia and Belarus into a single “superpower”.
“No, it’s not” — said the representative of the Kremlin in response to the journalists ‘ question about the authenticity of the publication Bloomberg, on the unification of the two countries. According to Peskov, the Belarusian and Russian leaders discussed the integration within the Union state.
Lukashenka himself has repeatedly said that Russia and Belarus do not intend to unite. Putin also stressed that to make the two States one has no intention neither in Minsk nor Moscow, as there are no grounds for such a step.
In March 2019, Bloomberg reported alleged possible unification of Russia and Belarus that would allow Putin to retain power after the end of the presidential term. The press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, also said that this “floor exercise, which has no relation to what is being discussed in the Kremlin.”
“Russia remains a sovereign state, and Belarus remains a sovereign state, protecting and defending primarily their own interests. Therefore, the prioritization is obvious, and so every President in their country behaves accordingly to protect their own interests,”
– also stressed subsequently, the representative of the Kremlin.