"We do look at some aspects of social set-up from different angles. But disagreements must be smoothed out in dialogue, not by way of sanctions, or bans. The policy of sanctions is erroneous, primarily because it is hopeless and ineffective," Lukashenko said in his address to the nation and parliament on Tuesday.
Many analysts argue that Belarus will have to choose between its partners in the East and partners in the West, and they are talking about "a pendulum which can swing this way or that way," he said."Belarus is not hostile either to the European Union, or to the United States, Because we look at what unites, not splits us in the first place. We are looking ahead into one future," the Belarusian president said.
"Many of the analysts are asking us: Are you going this way, or that way? Do you side with this camp, or that camp? All of these approaches are obsolete. Sensible politicians understand very well that there is no pendulum whatsoever, but the country, as it lives and looks into the future, has its objective interests," he said.