MINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – Belarusians have passed the momentous test for national unity with dignity, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a solemn ceremony to present state awards to distinguished Belarusians at the Palace of Independence on 14 September, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that the award ceremony was taking place on a landmark day – in the run-up to the country's first celebration of the Day of People's Unity.
“Belarusians who built their first sovereign state passed a pivotal test for the strength of national unity. They passed it with dignity. All of you are reliable, sincere people. All of you have survived those difficult times. You are the ones who have shown your achievements and your solidarity at work. We were not frightened by the pandemic and were not stopped by the hybrid attacks on our statehood that continue to this day. But I think these days you have seen that we have something to respond with and someone to rely on,” the Belarusian leader said.
Belarus overcame these difficulties largely thanks to such professionals who boldly and openly defend the interests of Belarus, those whose reputation and devotion to the country have drawn hundreds and thousands of like-minded people, the president is convinced.
“You and I have a greatest responsibility. Indeed, we have thwarted the blitzkrieg, we are fighting hybrid attacks and are doing it successfully. But now it is necessary to unite not only the healthy part (who make up the overwhelming majority of the society), but also those who started faltering under the weight of yesterday's attacks,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.