Lukashenko said that since the 1990s he dreamed of creating a pan-Slavic state, in which he saw “Poles, Slovaks, Bulgarians and others.” Earlier, he complained that NATO's eastward expansion “scattered the Slavs on different sides of the barricades”

Alexander Lukashenko

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with AFP that it was he, and not Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wanted to create a pan-Slavic state.

“It was I who dreamed of a Slavic state. They pushed the idea of ​​the Russian world in their time. This is what I have always said since the 90s that there are Slavic states. I saw Poles, Slovaks, Bulgarians and others there, — Lukashenka said (quote from BelTa).

According to the Belarusian president, although everyone lives in their own country, the connection between them should not be lost: “But we are Slavs. I spoke about it. Lukashenka added that “Putin did not talk about any pan-Slavic state and did not dream.” “You've already thought of that,” — he concluded.

On July 14, speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival of arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, Lukashenko said that the expansion of NATO to the east “scattered the Slavs on different sides of the barricades.” He touched on the topic of Ukraine, saying that the country's politicians “abandoned the Slavic identity.” According to the Belarusian president, at that time Ukraine “was lost”, this happened long before the start of the Russian military operation.

At the beginning of the year, the Belarusian president promised to return Ukraine to the “bosom of the Slavs”. He called the actions of the West an attempt to “drown the Russian-Ukrainian brotherhood in blood”; and urged to preserve the “Slavic brotherhood” no matter what. Speaking about the Russian military operation in the country, Lukashenka said that Minsk supports Moscow, but for Belarusians, the clash of Russians and Ukrainians— tragedy.

In April, Lukashenko said that the Union State, an agreement on the creation of which Russia and Belarus signed in 1999, is being built on new principles so that “no one is offended.” “I am sure that other republics of the former Soviet Union will also join such an alliance,” — he expressed his opinion.

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