MINSK, 6 January (BelTA) – Historical policy is a factor of national security of Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a government session to discuss Belarus' historical policy on 6 January, BelTA has learned.
"We must recognize that the the national history has turned into an information battlefield. It didn't happen overnight. For us the historical policy today is a strategy of self-preservation at a time of the redistribution of the spheres of influence in the world. This is a factor of national security," the Belarusian leader stressed.
“I want you, scholars, political scientists and experts, to understand my point of view. We must not rewrite our history, and we will not do it. At least not while I am president. We will not keep silent about certain facts either, even if they hurt someone's ambitions or national feelings as in the case of the crimes of the Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian collaborators during the Great Patriotic War. It is unacceptable to pour on the criticism on the Soviet legacy and underplay the achievements and victories of that era. I think it is also unfair to glorify other historical periods, ignoring the facts of humiliation and discrimination of the Belarusians,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.