RUSSIALINK: “Medvedev: Moscow-Minsk relations bargaining chip in election campaign” – Interfax

File Photo of Dmitry Medvedev with United Russia Logos Behind Him

MOSCOW. Aug 5 (Interfax) – Russian-Belarusian relations have become a “small bargaining chip” during the election campaign in Belarus, Russian Security Council Deputy Head and United Russia Party Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Of course, we cannot fail to see that today, Russian-Belarusian relations, I’ll go even further, the Union State and integration, have become a small bargaining chip during the election campaign. Map of Belarus and Environs, adapted from images at cia.govAnd no matter what’s there, what’s happening there, it’s impossible to avoid the thought that the various incidents taking place are part of a quite simple political technology: creating the image of an enemy and achieving a political result using that image of the enemy,” Medvedev said at a meeting with participants of the recruiting project PolitStartup.

And then, “they don’t care what happens, everything can go to hell,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter; we’ll deal with those Russians, think of something. And this attitude isn’t just insulting. It’s very unfortunate. And it will have unfortunate consequences, too,” Medvedev said.

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