Lukashenko predicts new reserve currency

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – There will be a new reserve currency in the world, or maybe even several of them, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to foreign and Belarusian journalists in Minsk on 16 February, BelTA has learned.

The president was asked about the details of his talks with the leadership of the United Arab Emirates.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that he and UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have been friends for many years. “We discussed various issues. The talks lasted for four hours,” the head of state said. “We discussed many issues. From security and production of equipment to counter modern weapons to trade matters.”

The head of state pointed out that Belarus produces advanced means of radioelectronic warfare and has competencies in microelectronics.

The parties also discussed beef supplies to the UAE and the opening of an additional flight.

“The influence of the Middle East has been growing in the world politics today. Money decides everything in the United States. If not everything, but a lot for sure,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “The Middle East is very influential. Their role is great today. We discussed one of such issues with the president of the UAE. Time is ripe for a new reserve currency or maybe several of them.”