MINSK, 21 July (BelTA) – The nation will decide for how long Aleksandr Lukashenko should remain the president. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview with the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), BelTA has learned.
Asked for how long he intends to remain the president, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed it was up to the Belarusian people to decide. “I could have quit a long time ago if a certain situation had existed in the country and abroad. But since 2020 many of those, who took to the streets, as you say, have come to their senses and understand now what could have happened. They say: ‘We didn't act right. What would have happened if he [Aleksandr Lukashenko] had not been around?' That's what people say. Trust me, I know the mood of the people,” the Belarusian leader said.
“What would have happened if I had abandoned everything and quit in 2020? The country would be totally different right now and you would interview other people. And the policy would be different. Things would be worse in Belarus than they are in Ukraine now. Sorry for immodesty,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.