MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – It was not accidental that Belarus became an independent state in the early 1990s, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus on 25 January, BelTA has learned.
The president noted that he wanted to highlight Belarus' historical legacy and declaration of independence in the State of the Nation Address: “They say that in the 1990s we became independent by accident, as if independence fell from the sky. I also believed in this theory until I thought: how many generations of Belarusians died throughout Belarus' history to pave the way for this independence declared in the 1990s! It was not accidental. Maybe, to some extent, God helped us. But how many people, how many generations sacrificed their lives for it!”
“We kept fighting for this piece of land in a bid to be masters on this land and live a decent life here. Therefore, it did not happen with ease and by accident,” the head of state stressed.
“Therefore, it is very important that every person knows how we achieved it. And I thought that if we teach this correctly at school, our children will come to understand it as they grow up,” the Belarusian leader is convinced.