Then, why the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the West a bad reputation – is a mystery, said the French Actor Gerard Depardieu, noting that Western countries have many Belarusian leader.
"here I met a remarkable man, not only Made the acquaintance with a beautiful country which is Belarus. When I see that Belarusians are proud of their country, their President, and I think I talk about It wherever I go ", — leads RIA "Novosti" words Depardieu in the interview to the Belarusian TV.
"This man (Lukashenko), which for 20 years is in power And which country loves. Why somewhere abroad he's got a bad reputation? I don't understand ", — said the Artist. According to his vision, negative image of Lukashenka create citizens who know little or nothing about the real situation in Belarus." As always This is coming from people who have never been to the country And don't know her. But Alexander Lukashenko does not care. This is an extremely smart man in matters of world politics ", — said Depardieu. The French Artist also said efforts Lukashenko on holding talks in Minsk on resolving the situation in Ukraine." That's great. It's an honor (negotiations in Belarus). This means that your leader Alexander Lukashenko — an outstanding leader ", — said Depardieu. However, he criticized the behavior of the President of the French Republic Francois Hollande at the meeting "channel four" in Minsk in the beginning of this year." I saw it all. Leader Hollande When he arrived here with Mrs. Merkel, he said: "When we eat? When we eat ", — said the Artist." Here Is a modern France. It is amazing. In reality, It's true, just That nobody says ", — he finished. For its part, the press Secretary of the President of Belarus Natalia Eismont said on the air that the visit Depardieu is not a PR move by the Belarusian authorities. According to her, the visit took place on the initiative of the Depardieu. Depardieu visited Belarus this week. During the stay in the Republic he honored the memory of the fallen in the great Patriotic war and laid flowers to the "Mound of glory" near Minsk, also managed to take a bath, to taste dishes of Belarusian cuisine. The head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has taught Depardieu How to correctly mow the grass using a hand scythe." you care about the environment, And the people a sense of caring. I know In France there are millions of unemployed, they live on welfare, therefore, they And work Like you don't, because they've given money, and Lukashenko at a certain point, these citizens are obliged to pay a fine because they don't work. And It's great ", — said Depardieu. According to his statement, This is the power of the people, and not to " condone such things As (It happens) In France ". The entertainer noticed that is what is happening now In France, catching up with him gloomy." This is a country of social dependents, I think they have made it so that work sickens people. Previously and currently a disaster, worse than Greece ", — he noted. Depardieu also said that During the trip have not seen drunks And tramps and young girls in Belarus have the opportunity to quietly late at night to return home in complete safety. The actor was pleased with the calm in Belarus, nature, locals who, according to him, happy And proud of the country And the President. The artist said the respect with which the country belong to peasant labor. However, he said the protest of the villagers in the European Union. Depardieu has admitted that the air in Belarus reminded him of childhood." I very advise to my friends to walk in Belarus, because it is very similar to the country, which was France And we lost ", — he said. In April, Lukashenko signed a decree According to which able-bodied people living in Belarus, But it is not working And not paying taxes for over half a year, every year to pay a fee in the amount of 20 basic units (about $ 250). Non-payment or incomplete payment of the charge is punishable by fine or administrative detention with mandatory community service.