Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Belarus to Russia: We won’t be your “errand boys”

Belarus to Russia: We won’t be your “errand boys”
Translated by: Anna Mostovych

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is urging Russia to respect the sovereignty of his county.

In his annual address to parliament and the people of Belarus, on April 21, President Lukashenko asked Moscow not to consider Belarus Russia’s “errand boy.”

“I want Russians — and especially Russia’s leaders — to understand that we will not be errand boys. We are an independent, sovereign state that lives with you in the same building but has its own apartment. It may be small, but it is ours,” Lukashnko said.

While Lukashenko agreed that Russia is the main strategic partner of Belarus, he emphasized that the West is very important for Minsk as well.

In an April 2015 interview with Bloomberg News, Lukashenko stated that his country would never be a part of Russia and would fight against any invader “to the last man.”

According to Lukashenko, there are many politicians in Russia who “think imperialistically and do not see Belarus as anything other than some kind of northwestern province.”

He stressed that similar notions have but one response: “We will not be some northwestern province, just as we will never enter into a conflict with Russia,” he concluded.

Moscow’s annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in March 2014 and Russia’s involvement in the east of Ukraine have raised concerns about the intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the region.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts