Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Belarusian Leader Praises Obama, Seeks Better Ties



This guy is Putin's MAIN weapons trafficker..........

MINSK (Reuters) -- The leader of Belarus has praised U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as "young, educated, and unblinkered" and said he hoped he would improve strained relations between the two countries.

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has long been accused of crushing basic rights but has sought better ties with the West for more than a year after quarrelling with Russia over energy prices.

"[Obama] is a new, young, educated, and unblinkered man, a faster-acting and more energetic man who will be able to look at the world situation in a more realistic way," Lukashenka told "The Wall Street Journal" in an interview, excerpts of which were released to local media on November 11.

"If it is in America's interests to develop relations with us without new barriers or preconditions, we will move toward that in a serious way.

"And Americans will be pleased with their cooperation with Belarus. I believe Americans have understood that Belarus is a key country in Europe and cooperation is necessary."


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