Russia, Belarus raise cooperation conditions with the West

President Putin and his counterpart Lukashenko said that Russia and Belarus are ready to cooperate with the West, but on condition that both sides respect each other.

During a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on September 26, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the future of the West depends on Russia, which has “everything they need”. According to him, the West also has things that Russia and Belarus need and are willing to buy, including certain technologies.

“What more do they want? They just need to make responsible decisions,” Lukashenko said during a meeting with Putin that was broadcast on television. Rossia 24.

President Putin agreed with the Belarusian leader, stressing that the West “needs to treat us with respect”.

“We will not talk to them without respect. No one can accept being offended,” continued Lukashenko, noting that Moscow and Minsk are both ready to work with those who want to develop together. Build relationships based on mutual respect.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi city on May 23.  Photo: RIA Novosti.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi city on May 23. Image: RIA Novosti.

Western countries are imposing a series of sanctions on Russia and Belarus, close allies of Moscow, because of the military campaign in Ukraine. Belarus has allowed Russia to use the territory to send troops into Ukraine, but refuses to get involved directly in hostilities.

President Putin has said that the West is waging a “war” on many fronts against Moscow, seeking to “weak, divide and ultimately destroy Russia”.

Last week, Putin announced that Western countries openly acknowledged “tried to break up the Soviet Union in 1991” and were working towards the goal of “dividing Russia into many regions”. Western countries have not commented on this statement.

Putin also said that Russia can use all necessary tools, including “weapons of destruction of different levels”, if the country’s “territorial integrity” is violated, and issued an order to mobilize. in part to strengthen forces for the military operation in Ukraine.

Putin’s statement raised concerns in the West that Russia could use small tactical nuclear weapons in the conflict in Ukraine.

In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly later, US President Joe Biden accused his Russian counterpart of “making irresponsible threats to use nuclear weapons”. US Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also said on September 25 that Washington would respond decisively if Moscow used nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Russia possesses the world’s largest nuclear arsenal with about 6,000 nuclear warheads and a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Duc Trung (Theo RT)

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