Interviewed in the Russian Communist newspaper Pravda-5, Belarusan President Alyaksandr Lukashenka predicts the “inevitable unification of the three fraternal republics” Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine in a single state. “No enemies can stop that process,” according to Lukashenka, who also specifies the basis for such unification: state ownership of industry and collectivized agriculture as Belarus has preserved them. The union of the three Slavic states would form a “continent-size nucleus which would draw to itself all the territories and peoples of the great power which has been torn apart.” Lukashenka was speaking at the conclusion of a pan-Slav cultural festival held in the Belarusan city of Vitsyabsk [Vitebsk]. (Pravda-5 cited by Radio Minsk, August 1)
GEORGIA ASSUMING MARITIME BORDER CONTROL WITH HELP OF FRIENDS.