Lukashenko explains the rationale behind the visa waiver for EU states neighboring Belarus
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MYADEL DISTRICT, Aug. 2 (BelTA) — During an interview with reporters on Aug. 2, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko noted that the economic aspect was not the main reason why Belarus introduced the exemption visa requirements for residents of EU countries neighboring Belarus, BelTA has learned.
“We have to feed our people, meet domestic food needs. People from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland come here, they want to buy something. Let them buy it. These are finished products [agricultural products], and the retail sector will gain something. On the one hand, we will earn money on this, on the other hand, we will help people. People will appreciate it. They will not fight against us,” the Belarusian leader said.
According to him, some opposition media and others claim that the President of Belarus introduced the visa waiver for economic reasons, in order to earn money. “Who doesn’t want to make money after all? The state wants it and I want it. But that’s not the main thing. The main thing is to make our neighbors see that normal people live next to them. People here look like Poles, and they are not pushy, ready to help when needed. When our neighbors see this, they will not be belligerent against us. It is important, ”explained the head of state.