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WikiLeaks: Lukashenko accused Russia of provoking war 20082010-12-20 13:02
According to WikiLeaks website, head of Byelorussian government Alexander Lukashenko stated that the war in August 2008 in South Ossetia was provoked by Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Gazeta.ru, the documents published by the scandalous Internet portal assert that such statement was made by the president of Byelorussia while he was talking to head of Estonian MFA Urmas Paet.
"Having assured Paet that Estonia never was his enemy, Lukashenko spent most part of his 90-minute meeting attacking Russia with the statements that Minsk might be forced to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia this winter in exchange for cheap Russian gas, as well as that Russia provoked the war in Georgia", - according to Russian Reporter, this is stated in the American diplomats' correspondence published by WikiLeaks.
Moreover, Lukashenko added that Moscow is pressing Minsk in order to attain the Byelorussian side's agreement for the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia's independence.
Besides, the president of Byelorussia made it clear that he would not openly express his position, having no desire "to irritate the Kremlin".
It should be noted that Alexander Lukashenko has already refuted this information. "I said nothing of the kind; I have stated my position on Russia many times", - he underlined, commenting the WikiLeaks publication.