SOCHI, September 18. /TASS/. Belarus is not planning any shift from Russia and will continue being together with Moscow, President Alexander Lukashenko told a forum of regions of the two countries.
"We are not going to conflict with anyone," Lukashenko said, adding that both Minsk and Moscow are building good relations. "We should not be criticized for shifting to anywhere. We have nowhere to shift. We have been always together and we will be together for a rather long time."
The Belarusian leader said all the talks on Minsk’s shift should be stopped. "I have told Vladimir [Putin] about this that neither I personally nor our countries need this," he stressed.
The president noted that formation of a single industrial production policy is a priority for cooperation between Russia and Belarus.
"Forming a single industrial policy, mentioned by the Russian President ... is the most important direction of our cooperation," the President said.
"Coordination in the industrial production sector matters the most… The biggest problems lie here," he added.
Lukashenko said the world starts understanding that sanctions and isolation fail to solve global problems while cooperation may become a basis for a high-efficient economy.
"Unfortunately, in the new time, the mankind has not got rid of cataclysms, crises and wars," Lukashenko told the forum of regions.
A redistribution of the spheres of influence is currently underway "in which we have been entangled," the president said, adding that "they are trying to impose their own interests on us."
Meanwhile, "the world slowly starts understanding that sanctions and moreover isolation of certain countries and whipping up various threats have no prospects," he stressed.
The Belarusian leader also expressed confidence that "only joint efforts of our people and regions, and enterprises will allow us to build a high-efficient economy."