CHECHERSK, 29 April (BelTA) – Neighboring countries of the European Union prevent their citizens from entering Belarus without visas for the duration of the holidays. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he talked to residents of Chechersk District on 29 April, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We've opened the border for them ahead of Catholic Easter and there is Radunitsa in several days. People should be able to come from Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia to visit graves of their relatives like it has always happened. I've permitted them to do it without visas. But they don't let their people enter Belarus. Why? Because the people come to us and buy salt. They don't have salt! The great and rich West doesn't have salt! Since they don't want the people to say that Belarusians live a normal life, they simply don't let them out. Here is democracy for you!”
“Thank god we have dictatorship,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added with a bit of irony. “You've criticized me for dictatorship time and again. But this dictatorship ensures order. You would be naked and poor if not for the dictatorship.”