Belarus Supports Russia in Caucasus

Minsk, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko reaffirmed fraternal links with Russia, describing it as a friend and allied nation despite media myths about bilateral relations.

"Belarus was and continues to be a brother and ally who is sacredly complying with the commitments made," said Lukashenko.

The Belarusian head of state said his nation was one of the first to support Russia in the fight against Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia, and one of the first to help Ossetians after the humanitarian tragedy that followed the invasion.

Belarusian foreign ministry declared on Monday Tbilisi caused the military conflict with Tskhinvali that took the lives of hundreds of civilians in August 8 and has killed 1,500 people so far.

Lukashenko said Belarus is willing to improve bilateral relations with the West but never at the expense of the links with Moscow.

He was open to the possibility Minsk acknowledging Abkhazia and South Ossetia's sovereignty after September 28 parliamentary elections.

Russia acknowledged Sukhumi and Tskhinvali independence on August 26 and deployed some 10 thousand troops in the Georgian-Ossetian battle stage as part of a peace for Tbilisi military operation.



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