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Belarus to refrain from 'media fight' with Russia says Lukashenko

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Belarus will not get involved in a media war with Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday.

Belarus will not get involved in a media war with Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday.

"On no account can we get mixed up in this fight... let them say what they want," Lukashenko said, according to the BELTA news agency.

"Why should we stir it up? If they want to stir things up, if they want another enemy - let them," he said.

It is important to concentrate on Belarus' domestic affairs instead, he said.

Relations between Moscow and Minsk have been strained over several economic and political disputes, including Russian gas transits, and Lukashenko's failure to honor his promise to recognize the former Georgian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

After months of backbiting, including a three-part documentary called "The Godfather" slashing Lukashenko's authoritarian policies, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hit out for real last Sunday.

Responding to Minsk's allegations that the Kremlin was interfering in Belarus's presidential election campaign, Medvedev accused Lukashenko in his weekly video blog of "hysterical anti-Russian rhetoric."

MINSK, October 7 (RIA Novosti) 

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