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27 March 2020, 14:47

Lukashenko: Belarus will not cancel Victory Day celebrations

MINSK DISTRICT, 27 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke about the preparations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory as he visited Belgips Plant on 27 March, BelTA has learned.

The company's staff asked the head of state whether the topic of the Great Victory anniversary celebrations would lose itself in the current flow of negative news. “No, it won't,” the president assured them. In his words, the preparations to mark the anniversary in the country continue and no anniversary-related events have been canceled.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also touched upon his forthcoming trip to Moscow to attend the parade on Red Square: “People often ask me whether I am going to attend the parade in Moscow or not. Of course, I am. If no one comes to Moscow from Belarus, then who will? It is clear that no one from Ukraine will attend the event.”

The head of state also voiced the planned celebrations in Belarus at the same time: “We are going to host the same events here, and we are mulling over the possibilities for me to attend the parade there as well. I do not know if they are going to hold the events, taking into account the situation there and the psychosis they all have recently developed [due to the coronavirus]. We are not canceling anything. We will host all the events we have planned.”

The head of state emphasized the need to join efforts in beautifying the places associated with military events and monuments in the country, as well as to clean up areas surrounding enterprises, as the country usually does in spring.

“We must do this and hold this event at the highest level so that both our children and the world can see that we remember those horrible times. Belarus is a living monument of that terrible war,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “No country suffered more than Belarus. Our country was wiped off the face of the earth. Every third Belarusian died and the war left many people disabled,” the president continued. “Let God protect us from the coronavirus. We have already lost a lot of people,” the president added.

“Do not worry. It is not the biggest problem for Belarus to make sure that this war is not forgotten,” he said.

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