MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) – Time has come for every Belarusian to think not only about themselves but also about the country. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the New Year's Eve Ball in the Palace of Independence on 28 December, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed participants of the ball by saying: “Dear friends! Today the Palace of Independence belongs to you. I've said it many times and will say it again that it is open to everyone, who endeavors to serve their Fatherland and their nation honestly and in good faith.”
The head of state stressed that the history of modern Belarus is created and decisions of strategic importance are made here. “People, who are not afraid of taking up the responsibility for the fate of the country, participate in the discussions. And our celebration today is a page in history, too. But the history of our Motherland,” he remarked.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said that cadets were present in the hall. They are future officers, who can already talk about duty to the Fatherland, about patriotism themselves. “It is in their blood since they have chosen such a noble profession – to protect the Motherland. And today time requires every one of us to think not only about themselves but also about the country regardless of how pompous it may sound at times. Regardless of whether we wear shoulder boards or not, whether we work in a state institution or paint pictures,” the Belarusian leader added.