The Belarusian state will do everything necessary to protect sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the people's right to choose its own way of development on the basis of national interests, traditions, and peculiarities of the mentality. Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko made the statement at a session of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament on 25 June, BelTA has learned.
The speaker said: “The Belarusian state is capable of doing and will do everything necessary to protect sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the people's right to choose its own way of development on the basis of national interests, traditions, and peculiarities of the mentality. The bills we've passed on protecting sovereignty, the constitutional system, on preventing the rehabilitation of Nazism, on counteracting extremism and terrorism represent a clear and unmistakable signal to all those, who are trying to destroy Belarus. Any actions meant to discredit the state, undermine the economy, and stir up hatred in the society will be severely and resolutely rebuffed.”
In his words, the same applies to attempts to impose distorted perceptions of the historic past on Belarusians, particularly young ones, attempts to cast aspersions on the values and ideals that constitute the cultural code of the nation. “We must not surrender our world views. Historical truth and links between generations are the most important conditions for preserving the Belarusian statehood model. This task requires constant joint efforts of all the government agencies and public institutions. In particular, this stance was specified by our recommendations resulting from the parliamentary hearings about the reunification of western Belarusian lands into the BSSR. Naturally, members of the parliament must be the most active participants of the realization of this document,” the speaker said.
Vladimir Andreichenko reminded that the matter of preserving the historical memory, transmitting the spiritual and cultural legacy, and patriotic values was high on the agenda of the parliamentary hearings about ways of development of the national education system. “Actually education is becoming a number one priority for us. Intellectual resources are coming to the forefront in the global fight for resources. In this situation the competitive ability of any country depends on the quality of its human capital. The discussion about ways to create a new type of the education system able to flexibly respond to challenges of time unearthed a set of problems that MPs have to resolve as they prepare the Education Code for the second reading. The quality of our work will greatly determine the ability of young Belarusians to find their place in life, the ability to exploit the innovative potential of the economy. The prosperity of Belarusian families and the society's wellbeing as a whole will depend on it,” the speaker is convinced.
The MP went on saying: “As for the economy, we can see that forecasts of political turncoats, who had been hoping the economy would crumble soon, have not come true. It speaks volumes about the correctness of state approaches, including of the legislative nature, to the development of the national economic model amid the complicated processes that shake up the entire world. The bills we've passed will have a favorable effect on the business environment and the investment climate. They will contribute to the more effective use of fuel and energy resources, to the growing potential of transportation by road, commercial navigation by sea under the Belarusian flag, and other things.”
A number of these decisions were prepared as part of efforts to reconcile Belarusian laws with the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty in order to remove interstate barriers and ensure the freedom of movement of goods, services, capital, and workforce.