From year to year, Russia seeks to exert pressure on Belarus by ‘tightening the screws’, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on December, 24 when granting an interview to the Echo of Moscow radio station.
Interestingly, he told cheif editor Alexei Venediktov that he would count on the West and NATO if the situation required it.
“If Russia tries to impinge on our sovereignty, you know what will be the reaction of the international community; they [Russians] will be drawn into a war. The West and NATO will not tolerate it [alleged attack on the sovereignty of Belarus], as they will consider it a threat to them. And in some way they [the West] are right,” he said.
According to the Belarusian leader, Russia does not need such a bane. Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested that Russia would be acting ‘carefully and gently’ and warned that the threat might appear when Belarus happened to face a sharp economic downturn.
“We are not enormously big country that possesses huge resources, but we are in the thick of the ‘pot’,” the Belarusian president stressed.
In his opinion, the West keeps an eye on Belarus, since it is located in the zone of its interests, and so does Russia. And one should play it safe in order not to ‘be cooked in the pot,” Lukashenka added.