LOGOISK DISTRICT, 16 April (BelTA) – It has become fashionable for representatives of Western countries to visit war memorials but in reality they are indifferent about the events that happened then. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he participated in the nationwide subbotnik on 16 April, BelTA has learned.
“Don't trust them, just don't. For them it has become a thing to come, shed some tears, and say sorry for doing bad things here. If you remember, people came from Austria and Germany [to the memorial complex Trostenets in 2018]. It seemed that's it, our land was consecrated and they would never touch this sacred place with dirty hands. Look what happened later on: sanctions, sanctions, sanctions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he commented on what happened in Buchenwald and the German ambassador's reaction.
The president reminded that the West had started an information war against Belarus at first and then an economic war. “This is why don't trust their bowing and so on. They do their Anglo-Saxon thing as we tend to call it or the thing of the collective West. They couldn't care less about this history and about what happened to these poor people – about 150 kids, women, and old folks. They couldn't care less,” the head of state stressed.
BelTA reported earlier that a commemorative event took place at the site of the former concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany on 10 April. But no representatives of the Belarusian government were invited to attend it. Moreover, an unknown individual replaced the state flag of the Republic of Belarus in the territory of the memorial complex and replaced it with a white-red-white flag. After the incident the Office of the Prosecutor General of Belarus opened a criminal investigation into the fact of incitement of national hatred.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, such actions are clearly cynical and humiliate the honor and dignity of Belarusians. “It also represents a mockery of the memory of the millions of people, who died in Belarus' territory during the Great Patriotic War. The Office of the Prosecutor General will issue a statement in response to the fact,” the source added.