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31 March 2023, 11:16

Conditions for preserving sovereignty, independence at heart of Belarus president's Address

MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – The topic of the Address is conditions for preserving sovereignty and independence. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement in his Address to the nation and the parliament on 31 March, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Dear friends! I absolutely realize that it happened probably because of god's will, probably because you and I pursued such a policy that millions, millions of eyes watch this hall today. Today great minds of our mankind, excuse me for immodesty, I cannot but say it, are concentrated in this hall. And from beyond the borders of our country.”

The president stressed that he had been closely monitoring wishes and requests of citizens in mass media. “I saw who and what wanted to hear today. I understand you but you have to understand me, too. Today I am restricted by certain limits. First, it is an annual Address of the president. Second, it is a concentrated look at the situation in the country and abroad as well as tasks concerning the future. Third, we provided for answers to questions. It is such a democratic step. It was taken by us – the parliament and the president – a long time ago. If I don't mention some matter, some problem that the state and our nation face, you have an opportunity to clarify something or ask an additional question. I think that today you and I will find answers to all the questions that our society faces today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

The topic of the Address is conditions for preserving sovereignty and independence. The head of state stressed that this matter has never been so acute in the latest history of Belarus.

The president stressed: “Never in our history have we approached such a dangerous line when we have to pay close attention to preserving the sovereignty and independence of our country. I mean our contemporary history. This is why I will try to voice key conditions from my point of view. And through them I will endeavor to determine our current tasks, primarily for this year. And naturally, through current problems we will try to look beyond the horizon, to look and think which way we should follow. What attempts have we tried? And what will happen tomorrow and the day after tomorrow? Naturally, we will start with the overall things without which it is impossible to determine either current or future tasks.”

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