PRUZHANY DISTRICT, 19 August (BelTA) – The state will always support citizens but people should think about their own future, too. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he talked to workers of the agricultural enterprise Zhuravlinoye and residents of Pruzhany District, BelTA has learned.
During the meeting workers of the agricultural enterprise stressed they are hardworking people and are accustomed to working the land. One of the workers said: “We are accustomed to taking good care of the harvest in order to feed the entire family and our entire nation. It is not an easy job but an important one. All those events have recently proven the point really well. Thanks for trusting us. We feel support on the part of the state, mass media, and common people. It is important and responsible for us. It is pleasant to see hardworking people in the center of attention. We are ready to continue working hard for the benefit of the nation and the country. We will not fail you.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko responded by saying: “You know it is the second time I'd like to thank you. You've never failed as it is. I am a man devoted to you. Not only to peasants. You are just my kin because my origins are where all of you came from. You just have to understand that no one will carry you on their shoulders, including me. Yes, I will help. But I believe that a person can succeed only if he or she takes good care of themselves and their children. And what the government or Lukashenko will give is just a bonus. Therefore, take care of what you have.”
The head of state drew attention to what is going on in Ukraine right now. Belarus has become a safe haven for thousands of Ukrainians who are now receiving Belarusian citizenship. “You should see how they work! And they are appreciative. Why? Because they have survived this ordeal, this war. And these people are our kin. We should not mistreat them,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
“Don't think that I'm planning some kind of attack, that I am planning to bomb Ukraine from the territory of Belarus and so on. I do not want your children and my children to go to war. What would they fight for? We need to calm down. It is not Ukraine that is fighting today. The entire NATO bloc and primarily America are fighting against Russia,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
In his opinion, Europe would have stopped this war long ago had the United States not continued to encourage hostilities with the help of Poland.
“Therefore, take care of what you have. And don't wait for someone to bring something to you on a silver platter. There are opportunities for making money in Belarus. We have everything to live and work. We have helped little kids and will continue helping. Your enterprise, the state, and other enterprises – everyone is helping them to prepare for school. We also keep prices for school uniforms down more or less. School uniforms are not cheap but they are half the price the neighbors pay. We will do everything to make sure you live a normal life,” the head of state said. “But please you need to keep moving, be proactive. Remember that it is you who need it first of all. The state will continue supporting you just like it always has”.
Residents of Pruzhany District presented a panel picture depicting cranes to the president. Diana Kretova, a stage director with the Pruzhany community center, remarked that cranes had lived in the area for a long time and had become a symbol of happiness, peace, and good. In her words, local residents have a tradition of presenting farewell gifts with an image of the crane to guests.
“Thanks a lot. You are good people, take care of yourselves!” Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked them.