SHKLOV, 24 January (BelTA) – Sovereignty and independence of Belarus are inviolable, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked to the team of Shklov Newsprint Mill on 24 January, BelTA has learned.
“We have our own country. We are sovereign and independent. What we have earned was thanks to our brains and hands. We continue building our country. We cannot be part of any country. I cannot betray you and dissolve Belarus, even in our brotherly Russia,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“Some two years ago I told the president [of Russia] that no one in Belarus would ever be able to do this. Even if I decide to go for it, Belarusians will get rid of me within one year after the decision is taken,” the Belarusian leader said.
“As for me, I have had enough of the president's work. I do not need any more power or less of it. The idea of prolonging the career in exchange for ‘the keys to some warehouse' in Russia is unacceptable for me. I do not want to be the last president of Belarus. It is a great honor for me to be the first president, but I do not want to be the last one. I want our children to live on this land in peace and harmony. I want them to be friends with Russians. They are kindred people. Russians are our people. Though little depends on them today,” the head of state said.
“As for the power, I sincerely tell you: you will decide who will lead the country the presidential elections. If you do not elect me, I will not be offended. This will be your choice. You have to decide, in these serious times, who will lead the state where your children will live. We are not talking about us today. Today we are talking about children, about a peaceful and calm country,” the Belarusian leader said.