MINSK, 9 May (BelTA) – One cannot live in the past all the time but one should definitely rely on the past and use it to create a solid foundation for the future, BelTA learned from Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko on 9 May. The prime minister made a few remarks about Victory Day's significance.
Underlining the importance of preserving the historical memory, Roman Golovchenko pointed out that the Belarusian society needs reference points and foundations. “Certainly, one cannot live in the past all the time but one should definitely rely on the past and use it to create a solid foundation for the future. Because people without memory can easily become people, who have lost their Motherland, origins and roots. We have always firmly upheld and will continue upholding the things that are sacred for every Belarusian. Victory Day is one of such holidays, a nationwide one,” the prime minister said.
Asked whether Belarus will be able to survive these complicated times when various sides are pressuring the country and attempts are being made to falsify the history and diminish the significance of the Victory, Roman Golovchenko said: “Do you have doubts? For instance, I don't.” In his words, there is no doubt that the destruction of monuments in a number of countries, the war on historical memory, the prohibition against expressing opinions and wearing symbols of the Great Victory are revolting and inadmissible. “The Russian ambassador was barred from laying flowers at a memorial in Warsaw today. Was it not barbarism? As many as 600,000 Soviet soldiers died to liberate Poland!” Roman Golovchenko remarked.
“We just look at it and understand what and who we have to deal with. This is why we are making preparations,” Roman Golovchenko added.