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MINSK, May 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Belarus is prepared to continue the dialog with the West but it will stick to fundamental principles, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in the state of the nation address on Tuesday.
“We are prepared for the dialog with the West but we will not waive the fundamental principles of stability and independence,” he said.
A lot of time has been wasted due to the odd European policy, but the position of Minsk is invariable – it is prepared for the dialog, he said. “After the election 2012, we intended to carry on that course – to deepen the dialog with Europe and the United States, to develop the so-called civil society and the internal political dialog, and to upgrade the political system. However, the West and the local fifth column made a different decision. They not just rejected the dialog but also started an attack on our country through pressure and sanctions. I hope many have understood that this is a road to an impasse,” he said.
The European ambassadors to Belarus, who publicly criticize the republic for the lack of democracy, actually love the country they are working in and realize that Belarus has no less democracy than the West, Lukashenko said.
“When I received an analytical report [on the departure of EU ambassadors from Belarus], I saw that none of the ambassadors actually wanted to go. They criticize us publicly but the truth is they love us, they value us and they say that our democracy is not smaller than that in any EU country,” Lukashenko said.
“Let us co-exist peacefully and speak to each other. There is no other way. We want to be friends and to live in peace, but too many reject that,” he said.
Belarus is ready to hear voices coming from the EU, the United States and Russia, but it will stick to its own principles, Lukashenko said.