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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lukashenko: "Russia provoked war in Georgia"

Russian Wikileaks reports about a meeting that held between the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet in October 2009. Assuring Paet that Estonia has never been his enemy, Lukashenko has spent much of this 90-minute meeting, attacking Russia and claiming that Minsk might be forced by Russia to recognize independence of so-called South Ossetia and Abkhazia, (Georgian territories occupied by Russia) by this winter in exchange for cheap gas from Russia, and that Russia provoked war in Georgia.

However, the Belarusian leader also said that he was trying to refrain from making public pro-Georgian actions. He was invited by the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to visit Georgia, but Lukashenko decided not to go as he did not want to annoy Kremlin".

In addition, as noted by the portal from the conversation it is obvious that Lukashenko refused to recognize independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia expecting the EU support.
"Lukashenko stated that he was particularly upset that the EU had not given him credit for reforms and non-recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia," says the report: