Belarus to join only equal alliances -- Lukashenko

MINSK, July 2 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said his country would be an active member of only equal alliances.

"Independent Belarus will be an active participants only in the alliances that are based on mutual respect, equal and sincere relations, and common goals, not by any means on diktat, monopoly or blackmailing," Lukashenko said on Thursday.

He said this would apply to all international and regional associations, be it the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States or other structures.

Lukashenko stressed that by supporting and developing integration in the post-Soviet space, one has to clearly understand that brotherly peoples can come together and live prosperously not by way of artificial state entities, but by way of specific economic, political, social and other measures.

He said such measures should be "cemented" by the real political will of the leaderships of the relevant states.



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