Updated at 18:07,08-09-2017

Lukashenka: We already trade with West more than with Russia

Euroradio

The Belarusian President is giving a press conference in Minsk Independence Palace.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka is giving an annual press conference in Minsk today, on January 29. Belarusian and foreign journalists have gathered there – 260 people. A Euroradio reporter is among them. Usually, Lukashenka’s press conferences of the kind last for about 5 hours.

Lukashenka’s press conference (online)

"We will get out of the difficult situation our economy is in now,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka promised. 85% of Belarusian export was Russia-oriented when he became President in 1994, he reminded. The number is only 42% now.

"We trade with the West more than with Russia,” Lukashenka claimed.