ROMAN PETRENKO - MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2022, 11:50
Aleksandr Lukashenko, the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, has flown to see Vladimir Putin, the leader of the Russian Federation, the aggressor country; they are discussing a "difficult time" and thanking people "for their understanding".
Source: Lukashenko's press service
Quote from Lukashenko: "Today, I analysed the instructions we gave, we have had practically no setbacks. We were predicted to collapse, perish, etc. [But] we've said more than once: life is diverse; we need someone, someone needs us, and we have found partners! And we should thank people for their understanding. It's not an easy time! People understand [that].
There is a certain watershed moment and reference point - we had it in 2020 [presumably, a reference to protests in Belarus in 2020-2021 - ed.] and you have it now - that shows who you are. We have changed a lot over these three months. They saw that we can live normally. There is no fear. Well, if Europe is crazy, let them think that."
Details: On 25 September, journalists reported that one of Lukashenko's planes had left Belarus for Russia. But the trip was not officially announced.
Lukashenko said that he would be flying on a business trip this week, but he did not specify exactly where he would go.
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