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Lukashenko: Russia finances Belarusian opposition’s presidential candidates

11-26-2010 06:16 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

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MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has evidence that Russia finances the Belarusian opposition’s presidential candidates Vladimir Nekliaev and Andrei Sannikov. Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro on 25 November.

Asked whether Russia helps part of the Belarusian opposition, Alexander Lukashenko said: “It does and we know it. We have facts. Vladimir Nekliaev and Andrei Sannikov are the people Russia finances”.

According to the Belarusian head of state, present opposition candidates are not prepared for pre-election campaigning. “If the campaign is an illusion for them, they have the right to drop out. If they are true politicians, they have to take the responsibility and fight for the office. I think they are not prepared for pre-election campaigning,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

He said he had heard some speeches of presidential candidates and believes that presidential candidates should offer good things to people. “The amount of spite they radiate will only scare people and can only result in people not voting for them at all. Pouring this malice into the nation using television is not the way to go in Belarus,” added the Belarusian head of state.

Speaking about possible cooperation between the official authorities and the opposition, Alexander Lukashenko said it might happen. However, the cooperation should arise from the need to improve people’s lives. “I am the president of the country and represent the entire nation today. If some citizen or a group of individuals or some party is willing to cooperate with the official authorities, including the president, they are welcome to. It should be based primarily on the improvement of people’s lives,” said the Belarusian head of state.

“So far our so-called opposition uses the approach ‘The worse things are, the better they are for us’. I am not going to cooperate with the opposition or any other citizens of Belarus or foreign nations using this approach. I aim to improve people’s lives, not worsen them,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

He remarked that if oppositionists are willing and ready to act in line with the current policy of Belarus and if they are able to work in an office, they are welcome.

Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA) is Belarus' biggest news agency providing the latest news about politics, economy, sports, culture and everyday life in Belarus. BelTA's reporters operate in Belarus, Moscow, Kyiv, Chisinau, Warsaw, Vilnius, Caracas.
Among other things BelTA products include the weekly 7 Dnei (7 Days), which circulation approaches 40,000 copies, and Economy of Belarus Magazine, a quarterly in Russian and English, with the audience of 6,500 readers. Moreover, BelTA publishes books, brochures, posters, booklets and other promotional materials. BelTA promotes, designs and provides technological and informational support for webpages of government agencies, Belarusian enterprises and organizations.

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