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30 October 2020, 15:39

Opinion: Leaders of Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine should focus on domestic issues

Nikolai Shchekin. An archive photo
Nikolai Shchekin. An archive photo

MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – It is high time the leaders of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine started dealing with their domestic problems, Nikolai Shchekin, Candidate of Philosophy, Associate Professor, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, told BelTA.

In his opinion, the outcomes of ‘democratization' in the neighboring countries are obvious. European countries pursued only one goal by giving them loans and aid – they wanted to replenish their economic, labor, energy and intellectual resources. “The countries of Eastern Europe and former socialist republics were left with lifelong debts and surrendered their rights and freedoms to banks and transnational corporations. Ukraine is next in line. I think it is time to suggest that the leaders of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine should deal with their own domestic problems and replace their arrogance and disdain towards Belarusian people with constructive interaction. Now we see that all the money allocated allegedly for the ‘democratization' in our country is spent on press conferences, accommodation of the ‘junta' abroad and the establishment of the fifth column in Belarus. Substantial funds are injected in propaganda and fake news aimed at overthrowing the government and destroying the country,” Nikolai Shchekin said.

He is sure that all the calls for privatization of companies, sale of land, severing of ties with Russia and taking loans from Western banks is the path Ukraine chose (from the point of view of economic interests). This will lead to forced ‘europeanization' of Belarusians with religious and civilizational implications. All this is aimed at destroying the cultural code of the Belarusian nation.

Speaking about the efforts of some countries to woo Belarusian IT specialists and workers of other hi-tech sectors, Nikolai Shchekin noted: “Whoever wants, let them leave and enjoy their freedom of choice to the fullest, as in any democratic country. At the same time, you need to square your ambitions with your professional competencies. Any country is ready to accept a highly qualified specialist, but only on the basis of fierce competition. Do not forget that Belarus has created unique conditions for the development of the digital economy.”

According to him, the primary strategic economic task now is to keep labor collectives. “As for students, they have always been innovative-minded people. At the same time, it is important not to become a toy in the hands of political crooks. While missing classes you should not miss your good prospects in life. One thing is to be Belarusian only by citizenship and to live abroad at the expense of taxpayers of other countries and their special services. Another thing is when you have strong bonds with Belarus and are actively involved in building opportunities for your children and fellow citizens,” Nikolai Shchekin noted.

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