MINSK, 7 January (BelTA) – Politics in Belarus will rely on the ethical foundations, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited a church in Minsk on Christmas, 7 January, BelTA has learned.
"The year will be very difficult. We can't make mistakes. If we stumble while walking on thin ice, we will collapse," the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that politics in Belarus will rely on the ethical foundations. "Life is not about lining up your pockets. We must understand that there are certain ethical foundations. First of all, these are patriotism and love for our land, in the name of which we must live and educate our children," the Belarusian leader said.
"Let's think about the future of our children. That's the main thing. This is the basis of our current policy," the president added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled that Belarus recently approved the budget, and almost half of it will be used to finance social needs, including education, healthcare, culture, sports, ethical education. “Yesterday we held a meeting on the historical policy of Belarus and we raised these issues. We must finally tell our people where we come from and that there are no states around us that have more ancient roots than we do. We must tell our people the truth, which we did not voice because of politics before. It is very important for moral education and understanding who we are and where we come from,” said the Belarusian leader.
In this regard Aleksandr Lukashenko counts on the assistance of the church. “This by no means contradicts the canons of our church. This is what the church has always preached about. I hope and will be grateful to all our clergymen for this great work,” the president said. “The government and the church should act for the benefit of the people. As long as there is a state, there will be government and church. If we lose the state, we will have nothing, we will get back to what we had several centuries ago.”
“I also count on your support and understanding. I promise you once again: I will not let you down,” the Belarusian leader said.
In his words, he sometimes cannot say everything openly, these are the rules of politics: “They say that money loves silence. Politics also loves diplomacy and silence,” the president noted. “However, I will always find an opportunity to explain my motives and actions as well as the motives and actions of my subordinates. I hope for your support, wisdom and patience. Don't rush with conclusions because you might not understand some things. This is the main thing. Don't rush. As our people say, the time will sort things out. It was the case in 2020 and last year. We are now different people, we understand much more. Thank goodness that happened. Thank goodness we now understand what we could have lost.”
“Therefore, let's cherish what we have. Let's cherish what God gives us and from what He protects us,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.