MINSK, 7 November (BelTA) - Neighboring countries should know that Belarusians are peaceful people and do not want war, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the wood chopping challenge among journalists, BelTA has learned.
"Times are tough. We need to help our people outside our country. People can't buy firewood there. Here we are chopping wood for fun. We need to make sure it is not wasted. We can organize some delivery and bring it to the border. Let Lithuanians, Latvians and Poles, Ukrainians know that we are peaceful people, and that we do not want any war. We are ready to make up the fire and cook shashliks together," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The wood chopping challenge among journalists was held on the bank of the Vyacha River in Logoisk District. The main prize went to Minskaya Pravda agency. In addition to valuable gifts from the organizers, Minskaya Pravda's journalists received a special gift from the president - an axe with a branded engraving.
The head of state thanked both the organizers of the competition and its participants. “I often say thtat any state is strong with its traditions. Maybe our meeting today with these strong people (and these are, first of all, villagers and foresters) will give us good mood and health for many years,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Before the event the president demonstrated how to chop wood correctly. Dmitry Baskov and Sergei Teterin assisted him in his master class. Aleksandr Lukashenko showed how to chop a large log using an axe and a sledgehammer and then demonstrated his axe skills on a smaller log.
“You need to find a crack and the point you would like to hit. And do it along the crack toward the center,” the head of state said.