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08 May 2022, 11:38

Lukashenko: In 2020 we put an aspen cross on the grave of those who wanted to destroy Belarus

MINSK, 8 May (BelTA) - In 2020, we put an aspen cross on the grave of those who wanted to destroy Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the ceremony to honor Belarusian national symbols in Minsk on 8 May, BelTA has learned.

Speaking about the national symbols the president stressed that they should distinguish the state from other countries. However, there were those who suggested symbols for Belarus that were very similar to those of neighboring countries. “What emblem was suggested? Pogonya [Pursuit]. Doesn't it resemble the emblem of another country? In my opinion, it does. We were suggested a flag. Add one more stripe, and we would borrow the flag of a neighboring country. Didn't we have our own history? Did we really want to adjust our history and our country to Lithuania or Poland? How relevant it sounds today!”

“Today they are sharpening knives, swords and sabers in the neighboring state, dreaming of taking away half the country as they did before 1939. Maybe they were suggesting these symbols for their dreams - the dreams of 2020? But I have already said: in 2020 we once and for all put an aspen cross on the grave of those who wanted to ruin and destroy our country,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

He added that the Belarusian emblem and flag are special and differ from the symbols of other states, including the neighboring ones.

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