BREST OBLAST, 21 October (BelTA) –Belarusians still have to mature for their national idea, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Brest Oblast, BelTA has learned.
“The national idea is a brief, compact concept that should immediately take your breath away. It's like when you look at it open-mouthed and can't breathe. Maybe I'm wrong. This is my point of view. I don't see such an idea yet,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
On 18 October Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Russian philosopher and public figure Aleksandr Dugin. The topic of the national idea was also discussed at the meeting. “We arrived at a shared opinion (some of it was voiced publicly) that ideology cannot be invented. It must mature. There were a great number of suggestions regarding ideology ... On the eve of the meeting, I even took one little book (it was about a national idea judging from the title). I even flipped through it and looked at one of the proposals. But we came to the conclusion that we must mature for this by and large - ideas are mostly meant for the future, for children,” the head of state stressed.
“We do not have this national idea. We haven't matured for it yet, probably. It has not crystallized, if I may say so. I am closely studying such things. I don't see it yet. According to Dugin, Russia doesn't see this either. He is a systemic, competent philosopher, we talked for a long time. He agreed with me. I would like it to emerge as soon as possible, but you can't push it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.