President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko considers Russian President Vladimir Putin his friend. He said this in an interview with journalist Naila Asker-zade, a fragment of the video was published on her Telegram channel.
“Yes, I consider him [Putin] my friend,” Lukashenka said.
In another passage, Lukashenko spoke about his relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “I am not angry with Volodya Zelensky. But I wouldn’t say hello to him from my knees, ”said the President of Belarus.
The entire interview has not yet been published. The release of the program “Characters” with the participation of Lukashenko will go on the air on the channel “Russia 1” on January 10.
This is not the first time Lukashenko has spoken about friendship with Putin. For example, he talked about relations between the heads of state in an interview with Ukrainian TV presenter Dmitry Gordon in early August 2020, on the eve of the presidential elections.
“We are very good friends, I hope that we will stay … We can even swear at each other,” Lukashenka said at the time.