Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi last week. Various topics were brought up during the meeting.
“I rooted for Donald Trump.”
The heads of states discussed Belarus-Russia relations, interaction and cooperation on the international arena, as well as the global agenda.
In an interview to Belarus 1 TV channel President Lukashenko dwelled on some topics, including the election campaign in the US and its current president.
Truly pro-American leader
The Belarusian leader admitted that it was he who started Russia-US discussion and explained his interest by his favourable attitude to Donald Trump.
“…I do not hide it, that I rooted for Donald Trump during the election campaign in the United States.
Donald Trump is a truly pro-American leader, for the majority of the society. However, someone in the elite does not like it.
Unfortunately, the society is split into two parts there. Both democrats and republicans split the US society in half.
In the United States of America, a large part of the society supports Donald Trump.
But the elite, some part of it, especially the democratic one, does not like Trump’s behavior,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
We must work and fight for our ideas
“Yes, he is an extraordinary politician. I do not support him in everything. I do not know everything, either.
Of course, some matters are hidden from all of us, including me, but to fight against the whole world, including in trade, is probably a wrong thing to do.
I would like to repeat, however, that we do not know everything what is going on there,” the Belarusian head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko said that if Donald Trump moves away from this harsh rhetoric, “he will win a lot for the United States of America.”
“He has recently said, however: “If I am impeached, everybody would be poor.” What impeachment? We must work and fight for our ideas,” said the president.
Recall that Russia and the US have rather strained political relations since the annextion of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.
Photo credit: the press service of the President of Russia, Getty