Belarus "does not need" Russia air base - Lukashenko
Belarus does not need a Russian air base, President Alexander Lukashenko has said, despite growing pressure from Moscow to establish such a facility.
He said the issue was never discussed with Russia, although last month President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to fine-tune a deal.
On Sunday, hundreds of Belarusian activists held a protest rally in the capital Minsk against the Russian plan.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.