14 Dec 2018 15:41

Lukashenko says Russian media deliberately showed his 'quarrel' with Putin, won't apologize for that

MINSK. Dec 14 (Interfax) - Russian media give biased coverage of events related to Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.

He referred to the recent meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in St. Petersburg and the clips of a "quarrel" between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "They [Russian media] planted this information this way. [...] They show a quarrel with Putin in an open broadcast, and then say Lukashenko had to apologize to Putin for entering into conversation with him. It would be beneath my dignity to apologize for that," Lukashenko said at a press conference for Russian media in Minsk.

"They deliberately sneaked this report in," he said.

There were many apologies at that summit, he said. "We did apologize there. I apologized to [acting Armenian Prime Minister] Nikol [Pashinyan] for attacking him for various reasons. Putin apologized to everyone. There was such a mess there. [...] Nazarbayev began apologizing. And it really happened, we apologized to each other at this meeting," Lukashenko said.