Lukashenko readdresses question about Chornobyl non-attendance to Yanukovych

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April 26, 2011, 5:37 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said the question why he is not attending the Chornobyl commemorating events together with the Ukrainian and Russian presidents should be put to the Ukrainian leadership. "Ask Yanukovych why the Belarusian president is not present at their events. You should ask them," Lukashenko told journalists on Tuesday.

"I am not going to visit anybody, nor am I going to sing along to either of these presidents," the Belarusian leader said.

He also commented on a statement by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso who said that he would attend a nuclear security summit in Kyiv provided the Belarusian president does not.

"Who is this Barroso? There was some Barroso in Portugal, but he was ousted and got a place at the European Commission. The last thing I want to know about European officials is who said what and where. There are thousands of them there," Lukashenko said.

"The most important thing for me are these holy days. In these days, I always come here [the regions affected by the Chornobyl disaster], I always come to this land and stay here for almost a week," the Belarusian president said.

"It might be more convenient to lay a little wreath and go. As far as I am concerned, I need to work and see for myself what has yet to be done here," the president said.

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