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28 January 2022, 16:30

Lukashenko: ‘Lithuanian people have never been our enemy'

MINSK, 28 January (BelTA) – Lithuanians, as a people, have never been Belarus' enemy and will never be, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered the Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly in Minsk on 28 January, BelTA has learned.

Oleg Gaidukevich, a member of the House of Representatives, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus, conveyed the head of state warm greetings from representatives of the Lithuanian civil society who recently visited Minsk and met with diplomats and MPs: "They said that the majority of the Lithuanian people stand with you, support you."

"Will you, please, thank them for me. Let the Lithuanian people know this (and I have said this clearly and unequivocally before): they will never be our enemy," Aleksandr Lukashenko replied.

Yet, there are also people in Lithuania who, by their actions and statements, have earned the personal negative attitude of the Belarusian head of state. One of them is Gabrielius Landsbergis, who currently holds the post of Foreign Minister of Lithuania. "I will never forgive him his behavior," Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He recalled that at one time, he came to Lithuania as a member of the Supreme Soviet of the BSSR, together with a group of MPs when that country was going through a difficult period to support fellow MPs, among whom was Vytautas Landsbergis, the grandfather of the current Lithuanian Foreign Minister. "We came to help the Lithuanians, to support them," the president reminded.

"But I separate the government members that have lost touch with their people from the people. Lithuanians are cool people, hard workers. They have never been and will never be our enemy. Those propagandists who are confused or financed from abroad, they will either get lost soon or the Lithuanian people will simply throw them out. We have lived with Lithuanians as true neighbors. The time will come and things will return to normal," the head of state stressed.

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