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Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe

Belarus deems important an objective expert opinion from outside in this difficult period for Eastern Europe. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko on January 12 at a meeting with Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe.

The professor from America met with Alexander Lukashenko a few times before.

During the January 12 meeting, the head of state said that Belarus deems it important to have objective look indifferent experts who would evaluate the situation in Eastern Europe in this difficult time. Grigory Ioffe is the right person to do it. 

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus: 
You give objective information, from my point of view. There is a bit of subjectivity but a thinking man has the right to analyze. In the end, your view is important for us too because your stance towards Belarus is objective, you love our people but at the same time you live at a certain geographical distance from Belarus. Therefore, from this point of view, we are closely watching your creative activities. Once again, thank you for all that you do for our Belarus. For us, it is very valuable, especially in this period, against the background of the acute phase of complicated relationships. I mean not only our relations with the West but also the relationship between the states located in Eastern Europe. In connection with this set of problems, which have recently worsened in Eastern Europe, particularly in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. There are many things that it's hard to understand, so your assessment of the situation in Belarus is very important, perhaps, for the international community, and for the understanding of the processes occurring today.             

Grigory Ioffe, professor of the Redford University (USA):
Throughout a long time, a have been writing essays about Belarus that are still published.  

The Redford University Professor, talking to reporters, said it is necessary to speak more about Belarus in the West.

The publicist and the author of books about Belarus said that those who traveled to Minsk change their preconceived notions about Belarus for the better, and also note the high level of the Belarusian software programmers and high-tech development.  

Grigory Ioffe, professor at Redford University (USA):
Few in the West, especially in America, know about Belarus, unfortunately. The improvement of the situation is of course due to this peacekeeping mission in Belarus. People are beginning to understand that the material standard of living, confidence in the future there may much higher than in provincial Russia. It all affects the situation. This state does not pose problems for anybody. Then it turns out that there are some statistics of the European Union that read that Belarusians receive a thousand more Schengen visas than any other country in the entire world (from the countries whose residents are required to have a visa to travel to the European Union). And it means openness. The only problem that remains is that you need to have more people to get to know about it.

Alexander Lukashenko meets Redford University professor Grigory Ioffe