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21 June 2022, 14:18

Lukashenko in favor of faster repairs, modernization of municipal roads

ORSHA DISTRICT, 21 June (BelTA) – It is necessary to put more efforts into repairing and modernizing municipal roads. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he talked to workers of the agricultural company Yubileiny in Orsha District, Vitebsk Oblast, BelTA has learned.

The head of state was asked whether the government will continue supporting the reconstruction of municipal roads amid Western sanctions and so on. Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We will not simply support it. We have to step it up. We have no reasons to cut down on it due to some sanctions.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that all the capabilities are available for it. Bitumen is the core component of asphalt and Belarus can now buy oil at an affordable price in comparison with the world level. As for concrete for making concrete roads, the relevant Belarusian enterprises have been modernized and the necessary output capacity is available. “In other words, why can't we build roads and repair them now? We don't have to build much, we have to keep these in good condition. We've adopted a program on building and modernizing municipal roads. We are not lagging behind. There are thousands of kilometers of roads in it. We are modernizing and restoring. And we have no reasons to cut down on this work due to some sanctions,” the president stated. “We will repair. And particularly municipal roads. There should be all the roads in place from a district capital to an agrotown within five years. Two-lane roads but in a good condition, we don't need autobahns. And there should be normal roads from the oblast to all the districts.”

Speaking about sanctions, he noted that products made in Belarus are in demand: “Clothes, food, our machines, equipment, and vehicles… We are having a hard time keeping up with the orders our enterprises are getting. That's sanctions for you… This is why don't you worry. They've been choking us with sanctions for about 20 years. Well, now these scoundrels have introduced tougher sanctions.”

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