Lukashenka: Reveling in power in residence and then fleeing?
12:19, — Politics
The Belarusian ruler criticised Yanukovych's behaviour during the crisis in Ukraine in an interview with the Ukrainian TV show Shuster Live.
“As far as Yanukovych is concerned, he is no president for me. In his latest speech he said he is alive and well and he is the commander in chief of the armed forces. Let me ask you one question: where is his army?” BelTA official news agency quotes Lukashenka as saying.
“A president has to be with his or her nation however hard it may be. Even if you are shot tomorrow, it is your destiny. You are supposed to make such sacrifices. There is no other way. One day he sits in his residence, reveling in his power, the next day when things go south, he flees? That’s no way to behave for a nation’s leader,” he emphasised.
“That's why when the Rada says Yanukovych has removed himself from his office and fled, how can you argue?” Lukashenka noted.
“I don’t want everyone to think that Lukashenka is a turncoat since he was a friend of Yanukovych and now talks like that. I criticise him as a friend,” Lukashenka explained. “Understand me any way you want,” he underlined.
“Presidents should not act like that,” Lukashenka is convinced. “If you have no army, get a gun and go alone. You may be killed… So? We all will be dead sooner or later. But neither your friends nor your relatives nor your sons will be ashamed of you. It is my stance,” he summed up.
The interview with Lukashenka will be aired on the First National Channel (Ukraine) in the Shuster Live show on Friday, March 28.