Lukashenko explained attitude towards Putin and Zelensky

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told Russian journalist Naila Asker-Zade about the attitude towards the leaders of Russia and Ukraine. The TV presenter published a fragment of her program “Characters” in Telegram -channel.

Lukashenko was asked whether he considers the Russian president Vladimir Putin his friend , and he answered in the affirmative. Commenting on the relationship with the President of Ukraine, the Belarusian head of state noted that “he has no grudge against Volodya Zelensky.” “But from my knee, I would not greet him,” the politician added.

In November, the official Minsk called Ukraine’s joining the anti-Belarusian sanctions European Union “a mockery of common sense.” Lukashenko, on the other hand, has repeatedly sharply reacted to all Zelensky’s advice on stabilizing the situation in Belarus. “Volodya Zelensky now needs to be afraid that someone does not just call him Zelensky, and not the president. In my opinion, everything is heading towards that,” the President of Belarus said back in November.

Lukashenko considers Ukraine, along with Poland and Lithuania, to be the main organizers and sponsors of protests in the country. Kiev, like other EU countries, did not recognize the voting results and the victory of the current head state.

Protests in Belarus have continued since the presidential elections on August 9, 2020. The disaffected are demanding new elections, the resignation of the entire leadership of the country, as well as an end to police violence and punishment for those who mocked the detainees during the first rallies. Lukashenko denies all facts of violence and torture by law enforcement officers.