Recently I have been watching the cries of our opposition about the deployment of a Russian air base in Belarus. I don't know anything about that. The person who has to make this decision - I know nothing about it.
Alexander Lukashenko (two minutes later):
It just surprises me and even to some extent resents and offends, why did the Russians throw it into the mass media today? Maybe they are worried that we are really leaving the West in order to throw this topic so that the West will start asking us or doubt that we want to normalize relations with them?
As can be seen from two reports by the President of Belarus, he is outraged by the statements that a Russian military air base is being created on the territory of Belarus. At the same time, Alexander Grigorievich first stated that the Belarusian opposition issued “cries” about this issue, and then made it clear that local oppositionists were “screaming” on the basis of publications by some “Russians” - and Lukashenka did not voice specific names or media names.
During the same speech, the President of the Republic of Belarus stated that Belarus does not need military bases with foreign (that is, Russian pilots), but military equipment is needed:
We need airplanes, not bases today. We have excellent pilots, we have a good school of military pilots, civilians. And why should I create a database? Why do I need to deliver here today airplanes and pilots of other states? And what will they do?
Speech of the Belarusian leader to the workers:
It would seem, why does Lukashenko say again about some kind of “really leaving for the West”, and why it is precisely today that raises the question that “planes are needed, the base is not”?
The answer is simple: But father is at the final pre-election stage (the presidential election in Belarus will take place next Sunday), and therefore the statements of the current president (presidential candidate) must be viewed through the electoral prism. Alexander Lukashenko understands perfectly well that if he speaks about the formation of the structures of the RF AUF in Lida (RB) as a fact that has happened, the “cries” of the opposition will be even louder. And he needs it? .. Of course not. After all, if there are louder cries, then those who are not ready to give a vote for the permanent leader of Belarus 11 of October can also find comrades from among those who previously decided on a voice in favor of But, but suddenly found themselves with a persistent striving towards pacifism ...
Proceeding from this, any information about whether there are Russian pilots in Lida in addition to Russian planes is now perceived by Alexander Lukashenko as an attempt to put a big pig before elections.
If so, then in this connection it is worth saying: there are no Russian pilots in Lida, of course, there is no Russian VKS base in Lida either. Who said: "there is a base?" - Break down! Three outfits out of turn! ..
Well, I just want to somehow remotely support Alexander Grigorievich in his desire to remain in the presidency. And although he is a peculiar politician - with some complaints about the desire to sit on two chairs, but, firstly, this is explainable for such a small country as our fraternal Belarus, caught up between the EU and the Russian Federation, and, secondly, to such a Lukashenko and Russia has long been accustomed. But father is a ruffian, but he was and still remains a supporter of pragmatic integration not only between Belarus and Russia, but also in the post-Soviet space in general. And after Minsk became a platform for a political settlement of the conflict in the Donbass, the Belarusian leader, in which he, too, can hardly be reproached, I realized that this could be done in the western direction.
At the same time, Lukashenko understands perfectly well that for Russia he is relatively good for who he is, but in order not to miss the opportunity for Western “partners” who also spoke there about the lifting of sanctions against Belarus, Alexander Grigorievich needs to try. And he is working in this direction.
And if we are talking about political and economic pragmatism, then you need to understand that any relaxation of Western sanctions against Belarus will lead to an automatic relaxation of sanctions against Russia (at least, indirectly). After all, after all, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus are: a) in the EAEU and b) in the Union State. It is foolish not to take advantage of this, especially since the West itself (that part of it which has not yet lost touch with adequacy) understands the possibility of circumventing the sanctions imposed by Minsk under the pressure of Big Brother. After all, Washington today is so absorbed in the actions of the Russian Federation in Syria that if it spreads to other parts of the global chess board, then it’s not at all who it was some time ago. Therefore, if the Western partners of Belarus and the Russian Federation really need it, then, as they say, let them write down:
There is no military base of the Russian Aerospace Force of the Russian Federation in Belarus, there are no Russian pilots in Lida either ... And about the declarations of the 2013 model of the Air Force commander Viktor Bondarev about the fact that Russia is deploying Su-27MZ fighters in Belarus, remember only as a joint Russian Belarusian air defense system. Do not worry But father! ..