Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday he would not hand over Kyrgyzstan's ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to face charges over the violent upheaval in the Central Asian nation last month.
Lukashenko told Reuters that an extradition request for Bakiyev, who fled to Belarus, would be "hopeless and humiliating for the interim government. The president of Kyrgyzstan is under the protection of the Belarussian state and its president."
In an interview with Reuters, Lukashenko lamented his "unrealized hopes" of closer relations with the West. "I cannot even talk about all the steps I have taken that are very sensitive for us -- and the West cast me aside," he said.
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