Kremlin may make public Lukashenko's statements to be of interest

MOSCOW, August 14 (Itar-Tass) - The Kremlin may make public the Belarussian president's statements that will be of interest for the international community.

Such is Moscow's reaction to Alexander Lukashenko's comments on his statements on the possibility for Belarus to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko, commenting at the request of reporters on Lukashenko's words, noted first of all that it was not Lukashenko who should talk about inconsistency. It can be said precisely about him, Prikhodko believes.

As for Belarussian recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia, the part of the stenographic transcript record of the CSTO meeting, which has the Belarussian president's words on the theme, may be made public, the aide said.

Lukashenko's other statements that will be of interest for the Belarussian and international public may be also published, Prikhodko added.

On Friday, the Belarussian president said that Dmitry Medvedev did not say everything about his (Lukashenko's) statements on the issue.

Lukashenko said he did not want to debate on the theme, but noted that the Russian counterpart just "pulled out certain things".

"I said it is not a problem for Belarus to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but I enumerated to the Russian president all the problems that will emerge for Belarus in this connection with the EU, the U.S. and the CIS."

They worked in Belarus for two months and set out the problems, which numbered about ten, Lukashenko said.

In this connection he asked the Russian president: "Are you ready to take the problems, including for yourself, and help to overcome them?" Russia turned out to be unable, or the Russian leadership did not want to level and eliminate the consequences that may emerge for Belarus, he noted.

"If you are not ready, then what we had talked about did not happen. Such was the talk. But not that Lukashenko solemnly promised, but did not do," the Belarussian president stressed.

In his words, if Russia took steps to meet halfway, the situation probably would be another.


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