Depardieu considers Belarus to be convenient ground for talks on Ukraine

Belarus is a wonderful ground for talks to settle the conflict in Ukraine because the Belarusian authorities have healthy ambition and a realistic approach to the situation, French actor, businessman and restaurateur Gerard Depardieu said in an interview with Principle Broadcast on the Belarus 1 TV channel on July 26.

Belarus is a wonderful ground for talks to settle the conflict in Ukraine because the Belarusian authorities have healthy ambition and a realistic approach to the situation, French actor, businessman and restaurateur Gerard Depardieu said in an interview with Principle Broadcast on the Belarus 1 TV channel on July 26.

"Such negotiations are not held by people who seek power, while Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko desires not power itself but to form a family in the country, a united family - this is rather a desire for common sense", Depardieu said.

Depardieu said he understood nothing in politics, however it can been seen that the Belarusian president is quite informed in global politics and certain pressures on him are coming from all sides.

As to the attempts to rewrite the history of World War II, ignorant people, who do not know history or change it intentionally, do such things, Depardieu said.

During the interview Depardieu expressed his opinion regarding the "tax for a parasitic lifestyle" introduced in Belarus - this is a sign of democratic society.

France has millions unemployed, they live on welfare, thus they do not really need to work because they are given money anyway, while in Belarus from a certain point such people have to a pay a fine for not working - this is good, Depardieu said.

Depardieu said he believed this is democracy, not connivance as in France.

The actor said that talking about France makes him melancholic - France is a country of social dependents and it appears that they made it so that work disgusts people; this is a catastrophe.

Lukashenko signed a decree on preventing social dependency on April 2, 2015. The note to the decree stipulates that this legal act is issued "in order to stimulate employable citizens to work and to ensure they comply with the constitutional obligation to participate in financing state expenses."

The decree stipulates the obligation of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens permanently residing the Belarus and persons without citizenship not participating in financing state expenses, or participating in such financing less than 183 calendar days [six months] in the past year, to pay a tax of 20 base points (about $235).

Depardieu visited Belarus on July 21-22. During the visit he laid flowers at the Mound of Glory not far from Minsk, went to an agricultural enterprise in the Minsk region and met informally with the Belarusian president.

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