VITEBSK, 15 July (BelTA) – We will not give our country away to anyone and we will defend it, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with top officials and executives of Vitebsk Oblast on 15 July, BelTA has learned.
“We will defend our country by all legal means. We will not give our country away to anyone," the head of state stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that sometimes western neighbors and partners apply double standards when assessing what is happening in Belarus, especially during the election time. “They are starting to imply that everything should be democratic, that there should be no clashes on the streets... ,” the president remarked.
In this regard, he mentioned the actions of law enforcement during the yellow vest protests in France and the recent popular unrest in the United States. “You see what is going on there. They use tear gas. They are afraid of criticizing Trump, the United States for the lack of democracy. The same is with Russia. Now they probably decided to practice their skills on Belarus. It is not going to work," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“If you like to observe the elections, you are welcome to come. We are open. We are not hiding. However, we do not want anyone to tell us how to live. We know it for ourselves. Solve your own problems first, and there are many of them. They are trying to hide their own problems behind the neighbors' problems. They want to point a finger at neighbors, at others. This will not work. We have a different life today,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko added that there is a lot to learn from western partners, including the best business practices and new technologies. “This experience needs to be studied and adopted. This is what we have been doing successfully,” he said.