Nothing can hurt Belarus-Russia relations - Lukashenko

No one can damage Belarusian-Russian ties, President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday.

"We have always been and will always be together. No politician can disrupt our relations," he said at a meeting with Collective Security Treaty Organization chief Nikolai Bordyuzha.

Belarus will forever remain "a reliable base and outpost" for Russia and the post-Soviet security bloc, he said.

Relations between Belarus and Russia soured in 2009 over a series of economic and political disputes, including Russian energy supplies, a milk export row and Lukashenko's reluctance to sign a deal to set up a CSTO rapid reaction force.

A gas dispute and Belarus's reluctance to join Russia in recognizing the independence of the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have also added to the tension.

MINSK, September 14 (RIA Novosti)


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