MINSK, December 5. /TASS/. Belarus will never join another state, including Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with the country’s lawmakers on Thursday.
"We have never planned to join another state, including Russia, which is our fraternal nation," Lukashenko pointed out, as cited by the BelTA news agency.
He noted that he did not want to undermine the achievements that Belarus had gained as an independent country. "You should remember one thing: I am not a youngster who has served three to five years as president. I don’t want to undermine what we have done together, creating an independent state, just to put it all in a box and throw it away or hand it over to someone," Lukashenko noted.
"This is our country. We are a sovereign and independent nation and should be proud of it," he stressed. "We should let no one bend us and bring us to our knees. This is the wisdom of the policy we have been pursuing," the Belarusian president said.