MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) – National cultures and traditions cannot be adapted to match a unified standard. The world is beautiful thanks to its diversity. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the ceremony held on 10 January to present Spiritual Revival awards, special prizes for people of culture and art, and the special prize Belarusian Sport Olympus, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Today we understand that national cultures and traditions cannot be adapted to match a unified standard, that the world is beautiful thanks to its diversity. Apart from understanding it we confirm it with the history of our state where people of different faiths and different ethnic origins have lived for over a century in accord, while enriching all of us spiritually. And if there is accord and respect, then there will be peace.”
Belarus' example in this regard is a genuine challenge for the project bent on global unification to match ultrafashionable values and so-called trends forced upon the entire world, Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced. “We understand that this cultural expansion (it is also called soft expansion) will be followed by not exactly soft, I'd even say, quite hard consequences for independent states: the loss of statehood and sovereignty. The loss of oneself as a nation.”