Shushkevich assessed the chances of Belarusians and Russians to live in one state

Shushkevich: Belarusians and Russians should not live in the same state

Belarusians and Russians should not live in the same state. This is how Stanislav Shushkevich assessed the speculations about the possible unification of the two countries in an interview with

In his opinion, Belarusians “have nothing to live in the Russian state, where there are already so many difficulties” and “to fight for the Far Eastern problems” , since Belarusians live in Europe.

At the same time, he believes that Belarus should be a neutral state, and not “Russian” or “European”. Shushkevich recalled that the concept of a neutral Belarus, suggesting “friendship with the East and the West” was adopted by the Supreme Soviet of the country of the XII convocation.

He stated that he considers Russian culture “one of the greatest in the world”, but urged do not forget about the existence of the Belarusian culture. “The Belarusian culture has been subject to restrictions and prohibitions since 1794 – precisely in the Russian Empire,” the politician believes.

Earlier, in a conversation with, Shushkevich called the collapse of the USSR “pulling the trigger”.

The issue of the degree of integration within the framework of the Treaty on the Establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus has been discussed since the end of 2018. The agreement was signed in December 1999, and in 2000 it entered into force. There is no talk of one state joining another in the document. The current President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly stressed that the work of uniting Russia and Belarus is absolutely unnecessary. According to him, Belarusians live “in their own apartment” and want to preserve their sovereignty.



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