6 Aug 2020 21:28

Lukashenko denies that Putin offered him high post in exchange for Belarus-Russia unification

MINSK. Aug 6 (Interfax) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered him the post of State Duma speaker in exchange for the unification of Belarus and Russia.

"Not true," Lukashenko said in an interview with the Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Hordon, when asked whether it was true that Putin offered Lukashenko the post of parliamentary speaker in a unified state.

"I would have never agreed to that. I am not going to be a warehouseman," he said.

Belarus's unification with Russia is not possible now, Lukashenko said.

"This is impossible. Even if I had agreed to such unification on the most advantageous terms, people in Belarus wouldn't have accepted this. The people are over it by now. This was possible 20 or 25 years ago," he said.