Meeting with head of Russia’s Udmurt Republic Aleksandr Brechalov
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with head of Russia’s Udmurt Republic Aleksandr Brechalov in Minsk on 21 November.
According to him, the two countries are capable of doing a lot if they unite efforts. “We can do a lot. Maybe we are doing it not so fast (although time requires us to increase the speed). I will refer to the talks with the Russian President. The main thing we discuss is that we can do everything, but we need a little time for it. Even today the main thing is not money. Today Russia has a lot of currency. Imports have decreased. Yet, we do not have much time and need to act,” said the head of state.
The two countries have outlined joint import substitution projects. More than a dozen of them will be implemented in Belarus.
The head of state noted that before the meeting he had thoroughly studied the history of relations between Belarus and Udmurtia and regretfully stated that there was nothing to be happy about. Although there has been slight progress over the recent years. “The potential is good both in Udmurtia and in Belarus. There is a lot to work on. Trade and economic relations are the basis. Therefore, we will build our plans on them,” the President said. All other areas will catch up, the President is convinced. “Our relations are great. God grant that other states have such relations as we have with Russia, and in particular with a certain Russian region,” the Belarusian leader added.
According to him, Belarus is very interested in cooperation with the enterprises of Udmurtia. “I hope we will find the areas we need to develop during your visit. Although, I am sure that such plans have already been worked out. You know our capabilities in hi-tech, car manufacturing, even the defense industry, which is very important today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The President named the supply of eco-friendly types of public transport as one of the areas of potential interest for the Russian region: “We can seriously work in this direction.” Elevators made in Belarus are always in demand. “We are ready to work in this area. I have to tell you that this year, when our so-called partners left us, we reoriented our capabilities to the market of the Russian Federation, including the elevators. Although this enterprise is overloaded, Russia is a priority for us in this respect. President Putin asked me to pay attention to the issue of replacing imported elevators in Russia with Belarusian ones. I promised to do it, and we are fulfilling this promise,” said the President.
Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed confidence that Belarus and Russia will hold out against pressure from the West: “I am sure that the people in Russia also think that we will be able to withstand, both militarily and economically, this attack coming from the so-called collective West and our other enemies. An extremely fierce warfare is going on in the media.”
In this regard, the head of state noted that he is closely watching the discussion of these issues in Russia. “This is also a hot topic here in Belarus. I am following it with interest, I am getting additional information. Especially now as something has fallen on the territory of Poland,” the President noted.
He noticed that no one asks and answers a number of questions. “Why did this frantic rocket fired by the Ukrainian military (and they fired it eastwards as they were trying to hit Russian missiles in the east) turn around and fly in the opposite direction? Let experts answer this question. There is no way it can happen. It does not look like an accident. Well, one can say that a Russian missile flew to the west of Lvov, towards Poland, so the S-300 turned around and fired westwards. The question is: how come you, Ukrainians, fired towards a NATO state? Well, the main question that no one, including the Americans, answers is the following: at the moment when the Ukrainians were launching the S-300 missile, what target were they hitting, what objects?
There were no missiles in the air at that time. No answer. The Americans are keeping silent as well. Because they understand that we also have means of control. We see some things from here."
"They need to answer simple questions. Why did this attack on a NATO state, as it was originally presented, occur during the G20 summit. You know, I'm afraid to draw conclusions, but it seems like a big-time false flag that nothing can compare to. But things did not go smoothly. People were killed. Poland needs to give answers to its own people. The Polish leadership needs to explain to the Poles how this could happen, why they hit the territory of Poland, who gave the green light), why the missile suddenly veered around from east to west and why they launched a rocket at a time when there were no Russian missiles in the air. There were no missiles at that point. These questions need answers, and then everything will become clear," the Belarusian leader said.
"You know, this scum will stop at nothing," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
In connection with this situation, he spoke approvingly of U.S. President Joe Biden: "Well done, Joe Biden. We should give credit where credit is due. He said honestly: ‘Sorry, it was not fired from Russia [missile that fell on the territory of Poland]’.”
"They are waging a fierce war against us. This example is telling. They stumbled and backtracked quickly, like thieves. This topic is already off the headlines in the West. Well, this is just the beginning. Poles and Ukrainians regret that it was not a Russian missile. They need a provocation, an escalation. Therefore, we need to take care of our people, our economy. Economy is at the heart of everything. With strong economy, no wars will scare us," the President of Belarus said.