The Belarusian economy, which is 55% European Union oriented, is moving toward "normal relations with the West", the President Alexander Lukashenko said at a press conference in Minsk on Thursday.
"We now have more trade contacts with the EU than with Russia. Our interests are there. The economy is pushing us towards having normal relations with the West," the president said.
He added that he would not tolerate any pressure from the West. "We will not tolerate the EU proposing us a list of measures, written for them by our opposition. Is it a normal basis for a dialogue?" Lukashenko asked.
He reminded the Western countries that the Belarusian leadership is keeping the situation in the country under total control. "As the country's leader I am feeling quite comfortable, normal and stable, I am well aware of what is happening and how the country should develop," Lukashenko said.
Today, the Belarusian people are at that stage where "no one will break our stability," he said. "People can see and evaluate what is happening today along the perimeter of our borders," Lukashenko said.