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Discussion about wars ‘ours or not' viewed as far-fetched, irrelevant for Belarus and Russia

Society 05.11.2019 | 16:58
Olga Popko. Archive photo
Olga Popko. Archive photo

MINSK, 5 November (BelTA) - The discussion about wars “ours or not” is far-fetched and irrelevant for Belarus and Russia, Olga Popko, deputy chairperson of the standing committee on international affairs of the House of Representatives, told BelTA while commenting on the response of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Aleksandr Lukashenko's words about "not our wars”.

The Belarusian parliament believes that there are enough issues in the Belarusian-Russian relations. The discussion about wars “ours or not” seems far-fetched and irrelevant. “For me, it is another proof that Belarusians know the history of their eastern neighbor much better than Russia knows ours. I think this discussion should be left to historians. You cannot change the past. But you should know it not to repeat the mistakes of the predecessors,” Olga Popko said.

In an interview to the Khabar news agency the Belarusian head of state said that Belarus suffered badly during the wars that swept through its territory. “Indeed, in the 19th and 20th centuries, our land was often a theater of war. The losses were enormous and irreparable. If it were not for these wars, in the 21st century Belarus would have very different demographics, economy, more old buildings in cities, richer museums and libraries,” Olga Popko said.

“The idea of the head of state is that we do not need any war. This is why the independent Belarus pursues a peace-loving policy,” the MP stressed.

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