MINSK, 3 July (BelTA) - Belarus has supported Russia and will continue to do so, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a wreath ceremony at the Mound of Glory memorial near Minsk on 3 July, BelTA has learned.
"I very much welcome the initiative of our MPs to launch the Memory Train project. We really need to be together more than ever. Today we are reproached that we are the only country in the world that supports Russia in its struggle against Nazism, for its efforts to put up a barrier against the abuse of Russian people. We have supported and will continue to support Russia. These reproaches are ridiculous and sad," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
Russia is a fraternal state for Belarus, the closest state in the world, the president said. "Our tragedy is that today two sister nations - Russians and Ukrainians - have clashed. This is our tragedy. But we always say that the truth is stronger. The truth is on the side of fraternal Russia today,” the head of state is convinced. “We are the only country that supports Russians in this struggle. And how many countries are on the other side? There are almost fifty, who are actually fighting against Russia in Ukraine."
"Don't those who reproach us know that we have a close alliance with the Russian Federation, that we are building a single, powerful, independent Union State of two independent peoples? We are trailblazers; this experience is unique in the world. We must set this example for others. Didn't they know that the union of Belarus and Russia has a single grouping of armed forces which was set up a long time? In fact, this is a single army. They all know that. So why are they reproaching us today? We have been together with fraternal Russia," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state recalled that he determined the role of Belarus in the Russian special operation a long time ago: "On the first day of the operation, I said: we will not allow anyone to shoot Russia in the back. We are holding the fort from the Brest Fortress to the southern borders and have Russia's back against NATO troops. They can't forgive us for this."