“Not only do we meet as heads of state, our relationship is friendly,” The Belarusian leader said in an interview shared by Belarusian state news agency BelTA. “I am familiar with every detail, if possible, both public and private.” Lukashenko added.
Representatives of Western countries have stated several times that Putin has recalculated when he launched his attack on Ukraine. Russian troops have so far suffered heavy losses in the fighting, and their advance has almost stalled despite their numerical superiority, Reuters reports.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Russian president he was acting irrationally. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called it “absolutely paranoid.”
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Lukashenko rejects all these claims. “West and you must also get rid of this nonsense, this nonsense from your head,” the Belarusian president told representatives of Japanese media. “Putin is absolutely fit, he is in better shape than ever… He is a very healthy person mentally and physically, he is an athlete. As the saying goes here – he will catch a cold at all our funerals,” Lukashenko added.
The authoritative Belarusian leader gave the Russian army territory to invade Ukraine, but so far he has been reluctant to enter open war with Ukraine.
According to official figures, Lukashenko won his sixth presidential term in the August 2020 election, but the opposition claims the vote was accompanied by widespread fraud. Many consider the opposition candidate Sviatlan Cichanouska, who had to flee to Lithuania, to be the real winner of the election. Cichanous, on the other hand, strongly opposed the invasion and called on the Belarusian people to do the same.
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