MINSK, 7 May (BelTA) – The unity of the Belarusian nation in the current complicated conditions is particularly important. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during a state award ceremony, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Belarus has been recently facing many challenges and threats brought about by global factors among other things such as, for instance, the coronavirus pandemic. He said he had repeatedly warned that in such a complicated situation some powers that be would want to exploit the circumstances and start another fight for spheres of influence. It is obvious today that those predictions are coming true.
“I am an experienced politician. I've seen a lot. I've seen terrible things and good things. I've seen murders of my friends, who were presidents and who didn't agree with the policy being pursued in the world. I've seen all kinds of things and can make the relevant conclusions: we must be united and stick with each other as never before,” he said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that in the modern world countries have no friends. “There are only interests of those who surround us. And if there are friends, I am afraid of such things because things change fast: you are a friend today but tomorrow you can be something else. This is why if we want to decide our own fate on our own (despite all the shortcomings, all the complications), if we want to decide how we should live, whether we should work or not, who we should work for, then we have to know that we will not have any other land.”
The matter of the nation's unity and patriotism becomes particularly important on the eve of the celebration of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the president is convinced. The head of state emphasized the need to honor the memory of those events. “We cannot give away this victory. It cost us too much,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “It is the greatest treasure. Some may appreciate diamonds, gold, and what not. But this [victory the nation secured] is priceless.”