MINSK, 9 August (BelTA) – A solid economy is a guarantee of stability in the Belarusian society, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting of the Council of Ministers held on 9 August to discuss the functioning of the country's economy under sanctions and measures to overcome them, BelTA has learned.
“We are having an interim government meeting today. We need to schedule a similar government meeting hosted by the president at the end of the year in order to take stock of our work. The task is the following: our performance should not be worse than last year's. We should hold out whatever the cost. If we do not want to fight (everyone has children), if you do not want our children to take up arms to defend our sovereignty and independence, we must have a strong economy. This underpins stability in our society,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that everything starts with small and insignificant conflicts: “Some are poorer and some are richer. It all starts with distrust and envy, we are good at it, especially in Belarus. Then people take up a rifle, a gun and start attacking each other.”
According to the president, as soon as the Belarusian society loses its stability, the country will immediately get ‘help'. “They will quickly set us on fire. The whole country. I have a gut feeling that it will be worse than in Ukraine. We are facing a very serious situation. So far we have enough food to eat and clothes to wear, we have everything now. But we can lose it all if we lower our guard,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“Therefore, the economy is the number one issue. With a solid economy, we will work everything out,” Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced.