Minsk to be turned into a European capital
Echo Moskvy radio informs that the Kremlin has no reason to worry about the polemics concerning the future of the Russian-Belarussian union. Deputy chief of the Kremlin administration Sergey Prikhodko says that the Russian leadership is ready to continue the dialogue with Belarus. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was very insulted when Moscow suggested that Belarus should be merged with Russia. The offer caused really sharp polemics.
Sergey Prikhodko thinks that such a debate is useful; however, he doesn’t mention for whom exactly.
Meanwhile, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko wants to declare 2003 the year of establishing order in Belarus. The territories of the republic are to be made better to make Belarus look like a European country. The Belarussian capital, Minsk, “is to be turned into a European-model city where people feel comfortable,” the president says.
Alexander Lukashenko suggests that special plans should be designed for developing Minsk and other cities of Belarus, Interfax informs. “Living standards should be practically equal in all Belarussian cities.”
Sergey Yugov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
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