12 December 2018, Wednesday, 16:13
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Lukashenka Met With Mikhail Babich

MIKHAIL BABICH
PHOTO: MIKHAIL SOLUNIN / RBC

The dictator is counting on the “flourishing of bilateral relations.”

Lukashenka hopes that the period of work of Mikhail Babich as the ambassador of Russia in Belarus will be the period of prosperity in bilateral relations. He made the statement at the meeting with the Russian diplomat on 10 October, BelTA informs.

At the very beginning of the meeting, Lukashenka remarked that they usually say something important and formal on such occasions.

“But, probably, it would be funny if I limited my speech to a certain formal statement today,” – Lukashenka said. The dictator reminded that there were different opinions and things in mass media before the appointment of Mikhail Babich.

“Perhaps, a response to these statements is needed. It would be wrong to say that they are absolutely false. But I cannot say that they are true either. Every group of people interested in the Belarusian-Russian relations tried to project certain things through the personality of the ambassador… You know that the previous ambassador worked in Belarus for many years, the topic was not actualized in Belarus.

And then a new ambassador was appointed. Because of our relations with the Russian Federation a certain group of people tried to say something using this opportunity,” – Lukashenka said.

“Frankly speaking, there were many negative things. But I would like to say the following thing: I hope that the period of your work at the Russian embassy in Belarus will be the most active, efficient and breakthrough period. If this is your goal, and I feel that it is, we will be a success. This is will be the period of prosperity in our relations with the Russian Federation,” – Lukashenka stressed.