President Of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
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In an address to the Belarusian people, President Alexander Lukashenko said that his country was “held hostage to the economic situation” in which traditional economic partners. He called to keep our powder dry
Belarus has become a hostage to the economic situation that has developed from traditional economic partners of the country, said in his new year address to the nation by President Alexander Lukashenko. The text of the appeal published on the official website of the President of Belarus.
“A sovereign and independent Belarus is in the midst of global geopolitical and economic events. We live in an open country and first of all, therefore, have become hostage to the economic situation that has developed in our traditional economic partners,” — said Lukashenko.
The President reminded that in different countries break out of armed conflict, committed acts of terrorism, aggravated interethnic and interreligious war.
Lukashenko noted that Belarus to preserve an island of stability and tranquility was not easy.
“But we did it, ensuring the peace and security of the citizens! Our neighbors, friends and fraternal peoples should know that Belarus will never be aggression and threats. At the same time, we, people in uniform, we know: the powder should be kept dry”, — the President emphasized.
On the last day of 2016 Lukashenko approved the draft agreement on the Customs code of the Eurasian economic Union as the basis for negotiations. However, he was not involved in the integration summits of the Eurasian economic Union and the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO), which took place on 26 December. Also did not attend the summits, neither the Prime Minister nor any other authorized person. The official explanation of Lukashenka’s absence was not followed, however, the interlocutor of RBC familiar with the organization of the summit, said that the reason for the absence Lukashenko is connected with the problems in bilateral relations with Russia.
In the absence of Lukashenka at the summit, the presidents of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, all members of the EEU, except for Belarus, signed a single Customs code. First President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev refused to sign the code, as stated by the Chairman of the colleagues of the Eurasian economic Collegium of the Prime Minister, but after half an hour, Sargsyan told reporters that the code was signed by all four presidents.