Lukashenka to Putin: “No one will let us live in peace”
No one will let Belarus and Russia live in peace, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said while meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Strelna, near Saint Petersburg, on April 3.
“It is necessary to be prepared for everything,” Mr. Lukashenka said. “There are a huge number of challenges in the world. We do not live in an isolated world. You and I understand this.”
At the beginning of the meeting the Belarusian leader offered condolences to Mr. Putin over a deadly subway explosion in Saint Petersburg earlier in the day.
He said that security would become one of the main topics of the meeting.
“We will discuss how we should live in this world and how to defend our peoples’ interests,” he said.
“As for problems in our relations, we will always have them,” he said. “But you know, such events make these problems fade. We are capable of solving these problems quickly and effectively. God help us that things are quiet and calm and we can ensure security to our peoples.”
Mr. Putin said that this year Belarus and Russia would mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
“Today we have an opportunity to speak about things that have been done in these years with a view to expanding our cooperation, what still needs to be done, and what unresolved issues and problems we still have,” he said.
At least 10 people were killed and some 50 others were injured when an explosion took place betwen the Sennaya Ploschad and the Tekhnologichesky Institut subway stations in the centre of Saint Petersburg at about 2:40 p.m. local time.
The Russian Prosecutor General's Office described the blast as a terrorist act.