The strategic course of Russia on the strengthening of the relations with Belarus is not doubted, as Interfax reported citing Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“Belarus is our trustworthy ally and partner. The course on the extension of the strategic interaction with Minsk is not doubted; it is stated, particularly in the concept of the foreign policy of our country. We think that there are many things to do to increase the efficiency of such integration format within the Union State,” Zakharova said.
Thus, she commented the recent statement of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that Russia might lose “its only ally at the western direction” due to the lack of the agreements on the compensation for the tax maneuver in the oil sphere.
Earlier, Lukashenko stated that he would not call Russia a fraternal state anymore but only a partner. Besides, the Belarusian president expressed the opinion that Moscow wants to incorporate Belarus into the composition of Russia on the pretext of “deep integration.”