MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) – Everything will be done to preserve peace in the country, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to representatives of various military service branches after the inaugural ceremony, BelTA has learned.
The head of state addressed soldiers and sergeants, cadets and warrant officers, officers and generals, compatriots and guests of the ceremony. “The inauguration of the head of state is, first of all, the greatest honor and colossal responsibility to the people of independent Belarus. We pledge our allegiance to the Motherland in the year of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. This sacred date reminds us that devotion to the Fatherland and willingness to give our lives for freedom is in Belarusians' DNA. Today Belarus is behind us. We will do everything to preserve the most important thing - peace on our land. The peace the country paid for by millions of lives of selfless warriors, their mothers, fathers, wives and children,” the president said.
"It is our duty to them. This is our blessing to future generations for a happy and creative life," the Belarusian leader stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that today some really do not like that here, in the center of Europe, there is still a safe place where stability and social justice are not empty words but the core idea of the state and the backbone of the rule of the people, the highest form of democracy.
"Looking back, we can already say that together we prevented the catastrophe, thwarted another hybrid revolutionary scenario to shake the foundations of the Belarusian statehood. Maybe some of us, people in uniform, do not understand what has happened today. But I am sure that in a short period of time all of you, standing here in front of me, will understand that you saved the peace on this piece of land, defended the sovereignty and independence of our country," the president said.
“Unfortunately, not every Belarusian understands this today. I am sure they will understand this very soon. This is what we are supposed to do, and we did it. They tried to test our firmness, instigate hostility and hatred, divide the country, and sow chaos. It did not work, and it never will!” the head of state said.
He stressed that in this difficult period the system of national security proved its effectiveness, readiness to repel any challenge and threat. “We have once again proved to everyone that we are worth our salt. As Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces I pledge to defend the national interests of our country, its territorial integrity, whatever it takes,” the Belarusian leader said.
The president stressed that the Belarusians have done a lot in recent years: worked in the fields, raised children, built a nuclear power plant, sent our first satellite into space, developed modern specimen of military hardware, implemented innovations.
“We have a strong and efficient army. The main thing is that the army has brought up more than one generation of true patriots of our country. Today we have already demonstrated, together with our brotherly Russia, that we have an army that stands on a par with one of the strongest armies of our planet, the Russian army. The military exercise, unprecedented in the history of our independence and our country, is taking place today, both in Belarus and Russia. Many new weapons are featured in the exercise, even the Tu-160 missile carriers that have marked the route along our western borders to demonstrate to everyone that these borders are reliably protected,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
“You, my dear friends, have chosen a noble profession. Your relatives and friends, your children, millions of Belarusians believe that they are under the reliable protection of the Armed Forces of the country. The people's trust is not just a high honor. The life purpose of both mine and yours is to justify it. Long live our glorious defenders of the Fatherland! Long live our beloved Belarus! Hurray!” the president concluded.