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Belarus: Lukashenko blasts Eastern Partnership's 'anti-Russia' position01:00

Belarus: Lukashenko blasts Eastern Partnership's 'anti-Russia' position

Belarus, Minsk
May 22, 2015 at 06:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko railed against the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative and the demonisation of Russia as he hosted the 7th congress of the country's trade unions in Minsk, Friday, marking the 110th anniversary of the union movement in Belarus.

The Belarusian leader slammed the ‘Eastern Partnership,’ an EU programme created to bridge trade and multilateral ties with post-Soviet bloc countries. He accused the group of fomenting anti-Russia sentiment, specifically in regards to Crimea and the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Lukashenko went on to defend Belarus’ rejection of the Eastern Partnership.

Friday's forum concentrated on the creation of new trade unions in Belarusian's private sector. Over four million Belarusians are involved in trade unions, with a reported 96.5 percent of the economically active population participating in a union of some kind.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko railed against the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative and the demonisation of Russia as he hosted the 7th congress of the country's trade unions in Minsk, Friday, marking the 110th anniversary of the union movement in Belarus.

The Belarusian leader slammed the ‘Eastern Partnership,’ an EU programme created to bridge trade and multilateral ties with post-Soviet bloc countries. He accused the group of fomenting anti-Russia sentiment, specifically in regards to Crimea and the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Lukashenko went on to defend Belarus’ rejection of the Eastern Partnership.

Friday's forum concentrated on the creation of new trade unions in Belarusian's private sector. Over four million Belarusians are involved in trade unions, with a reported 96.5 percent of the economically active population participating in a union of some kind.