MINSK, 1 September (BelTA) – Denazification is the suppression of fascism in the future and Nazism in the present, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during the open lesson "Historical memory - the road to the future" in Minsk on 1 September, BelTA has learned.
One student asked the president to explain what denazification means.
"I will answer the question as I understand it. You hear these terms: nationalism, Nazism, fascism, denazification of Ukraine. If you listen to what I, Putin, Russians or Belarusians say, we are nationalists. That's okay, guys. A nationalist is someone who cares for his or her own country, for sovereignty, independence, for the mother tongue, culture and so on. I'm all for it. A Nazi is a nationalist of the worst kind who exaggerates his nation, humiliates, insults, and wipes his feet on others. I can give you an example - Barack Obama. He was an extreme nationalist. But extreme Nazis are those who insult, humiliate and so on and so forth," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
Fascism is an extreme form of Nazism, the president said. “It is when people take up arms. Such people are fascists. This is how I see it. Denazification is the suppression of this fascism in the future and Nazism in the present. Ukraine has already approached this. We already see that there are sprouts of fascism in Ukraine. They take up arms, call to ‘beat, kill Russians', shoot videos, cut off the heads of Russians. This is fascism,” he said.
“Demilitarization of Ukraine remains the main problem today. NATO should be prevented from deploying the most advanced missile weapons there including those with nuclear warheads. We are fully supportive of Russia in this regard. I still call for negotiations to make sure things do not get worse. So that Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics and even Poland do not become a theater of war and that we do not get wiped off from the face of the earth. We have lived through it once and had to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix. No more for us. Time to stop,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.