Therefore, it is not surprising that on the eve of the visit, on April 8, 2019, Lukashenko gave an interview to the Turkish news agency Anadolu. It should be noted that the President of Belarus answered a large number of questions, and on a variety of topics. For example, a journalist (Jura A.) asked the Belarusian leader:
Often from the West you become the object of criticism. How can you explain this?
The West does not criticize anyone, not just me. And he criticizes my friend Erdogan - lately, maybe even more often than me. Something they do not like Turkey. Americans do not like your position. You bought defensive weapons in Russia, which you really needed and which then couldn’t be bought somewhere cheaper — they no longer criticize you for this, but try to beat you. For any policies they begin to criticize Turkey’s independence, they attack Turkey. So Turkey is taking the right position in terms of protecting national interests
- answered Lukashenko.
By the way, Lukashenko calls his Turkish colleague Erdogan his friend regularly. The two leaders did indeed have a very constructive relationship. For example, Erdogan, in response, regularly calls Lukashenko a brother. Therefore, when asked by the journalist what kind of relations Lukashenko has with Erdogan, the Belarusian leader answered with characteristic directness.
We call each other in different ways. We call each other a brother, it was the initiative of Recep Erdogan. I call him my friend. Differently. But always, as close, you can even say how native people. After certain events that Turkey experienced (I will not name them now) and in which I was involuntarily involved the most from the suggestion of my friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan, we got even closer. We understand each other, support each other at all international venues, and build very good relations between powerful, rich Turkey and Belarus, which is very important here in the north. We have no closed topics for cooperation, and in this regard, our relations are very close and very friendly today.
- summed up Lukashenko.
It should be added that Belarus is opening its trading houses, service centers and other facilities in Turkey. And the trusting relationship of the leaders only contributes to this. No doubt Lukashenka and Erdogan will also talk about politics, but the economy is the main topic. Investment activity and balanced trade are in priority. It's not in vain, on the same day, Ankara will host a meeting of business circles of both countries.