MINSK, 18 October (BelTA) - I want our country to remain free and independent in the future, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of Belarus President in Minsk on 18 October, BelTA has learned.
“I would never want to see our country oppressed ever again in our history. I want Belarusians to rule the country and shape its future. This is the main thing we need to preserve. We will buy everything else," the Belarusian leader said.
“I want our country to remain Belarus, to be in the center of Europe, stable, with uncompromized borders. I want us to seek happiness and be happy. I want to see Belarus free and independent, so that our children could have an opportunity to see other places but always return back to their homeland,” the head of state said.
He stressed that Belarus does not eye other man's lands. It only strives to keep its own. “It wants to create wealth on this land, never bothering anyone. God forbid we start conflicting with our neighbors. And even worse, if... Some look at us, remembering the Rzeczpospolita, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Soviet Union and other things," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“I say that times have changed. We are ready for any alliances, for any kind of commonwealths. But we are sovereign and independent, and we must keep our interests in mind. We do it for the future of our children. For this we need to have defense capabilities, to be in control of all the processes,” the president added.More about President