President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is concerned about the hostile attitude of the Kremlin towards Ukraine and says he is ready to take measures and respond to Russian extremists, who recently have became more active in his country, The Guardian reports.
Moreover, Lukashenko said that Russia and Belarus were "fraternal countries", but he also stressed the importance of preserving the independence and sovereignty of Belarus.
According to the publication, Minsk also expressed concern due to growing number of pro-Russian non-governmental organizations in the country.
However, Lukashenko intends to intensify his campaign of strengthening ties with the European countries by sending envoys to foreign missions of the U.S. and the EU.
"As soon as Belarus establishes friendly relations with Europe, Russia will start aggressive actions," says the Belarusian politician Alaksandar Milinkievic.
Earlier, President of Belarus expressed his support to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and offered him a "friendship of the Belarusian people" in the fight against the pro-Russian separatists.