MINSK, 8 September (BelTA) – The destruction of what several generations of people have created in Belarus will not be allowed. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview with Russian mass media on 8 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “If I had several billions in my pocket, I may have acted like Poroshenko did. Certainly unlikely but I think like that sometimes. But I don't have these billions… This is why I am not afraid. I even say to my family: listen, children, if not today then tomorrow. Who knows when I die, when the Lord calls me (when they try to prevent me from doing something). I will pass away some day, but I will not allow them [the opposition] to destroy what we and people have created, what generations have created. This is what keeps me going.”
A reporter asked for clarification: “Does it offend you as a human being? Because there are people, who don't remember due to their age, and people, who remember but don't appreciate how things were and how things are.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko responded: “It does offend me. It is tragic if you like. But it doesn't mean I've given up due to my philosophical view of things. The Lord will call me one day but I have to protect what has been created with our hands. I have to protect the people, who created it, the people – an overwhelming majority, who voted for me although they see me so much every day on television, in all kinds of media. They may be sick and tired of seeing me but they backed me up. It is what keeps me going.”
The head of state was also asked what the main thing in his life is after all the latest events in Belarus.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted: “Honestly speaking, I don't even know. Hard to say. My kids and the kids of the people, who stand with me. What keeps me going in this situation (you probably know it): if Lukashenko falls now, the entire system will fall and the entire country will follow suit. I think it will fall hard. Maybe someone would lend a strong shoulder. But things would be really hard. And these guys – riot police officers and the rest, who stand with me… What are they guilty of? But they will be cut up and slaughtered.”