18 Oct 2019 15:24

Belarus never planned to enter into EU - Lukashenko

MINSK. Oct 18 (Interfax) - Belarus has never planned to enter into the European Union, according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"Neither I nor my government has ever considered this possibility or set this goal [of entry into the EU]," the Belarusian state-run news agency BelTA quoted Lukashenko as saying at the Academy of Management on Friday.

"But if they [the EU] ask this question, it means they have been thinking about it. In fact, they would have had no problems with us if we had actually joined the EU today," Lukashenko said.

He added that he was reading various materials, including classified ones.

"Once our intelligence sent me a material, which showed how they [the EU] see Belarus. That happened about two years ago, and I was surprised to learn that they described Belarus as the most advanced country in Eastern Europe and the EU's neighborhood, which could enter into the EU without making any change to its legislation. It was their classified report, and I read it," Lukashenko said.