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Lukashenka nervous over Euromaidan

The ruler is concerned about the events in Ukraine.

Lukashenka and Ryhor Rapota, the state secretary of the Belarusian-Russian union state discussed preparations for a meeting of the Supreme State Council and the development of the bilateral cooperation. The events in Ukraine were among the topics discussed, Interfax news agency reports.

I'd like to hear your opinion on the Belarusian-Russian relations in the context of the current problems, including the EU-Ukraine conflict, how it influences our relations and what lessons we can learn, Lukashenka said.

The ruler reminded about the upcoming meeting of the Supreme State Council of the union state and offered to discuss preparations for the event.

I'd like you to inform me about the process of the preparation. Tell me what doesn't match, what wasn't agreed on. Do we need interference of the presidents to reduce debates at the meeting?, the ruler asked. He proposed to discuss the preparations for a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the union state (scheduled for December 13) that prepares issues for discussion at the Supreme State Council.

Rapota said to journalists after the meeting with Lukashenka that the session of the Supreme State Council was scheduled for late December. I think we announce the date officially in a day or two, the state secretary said adding that the last discussions of the date are under way.

Protests against rejection of European integration have been holding in Ukraine for the second week. Representatives of the Belarusian opposition organisations take active part in rallies. The number of protesters significantly increased after the riot police brutally dispersed a rally on November 30.

Thousands of Ukrainians came to St Michael Square on November 30 to express their protests against the brutal dispersion of the rally.

The opposition gathered several hundreds of thousands of people in Kiev on December 1.

Protesters occupied a part of the Kiev City Hall and the trade unions' building. Unidentified provocateurs and the police had clashes in Bankova Street near the presidential administration.

Ukraine's parliament failed to resign the government as the opposition demanded. In response, demonstrators blocked a number of government buildings, including Yanukovych's residence.

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