Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Because of unequal prices and unequal conditions Belarus lost (only because of the price factor) $15 billion. They recognize this figure and gave us as much as $5 billion in loans. Well, they deprived us of $15 billion through prices and then gave us our money (only one-third) under the interest that is three times higher than the IMF. Is that normal? We have agreed with the Russians, with the presidents: we can argue as long as we want, but don't insult each other. Starting from personal things to economy. This is not normal, it is necessary to finish with that.