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Lukashenko: As a nation Belarusians are no longer children, we are a nation

23.09.2020

MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) – Defending its independence, the Belarusian nation has reached a new stage of self-awareness. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the inauguration ceremony in the Palace of Independence on 23 September, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Thanks to Divine Providence the people of Belarus easily and, frankly speaking, unexpectedly gained its independence one day. We took it for granted for a long time. We didn't appreciate it at times. Today after suffering to achieve this victory we've reached a new stage of self-awareness. Cooling off after the heat of election battles, we see how our entire nation matures. Belarus may be such a young independent state on the world scale, but as a nation Belarusians are no longer children, we are a nation.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that while on the edge of a world crisis it is necessary to return the country to a safe life that had existed in Belarus forever, it is necessary to reach accord for the sake of future. “And we will do it. I cannot, I have no right to abandon Belarusians, whose political preferences, whose fate and the future of their children are tied to the government policy. I cannot abandon all those, who remain true to the country and the nation in such a complicated period for Belarus. They are those, who heroically battled the threat of the pandemic and showed their best professional and personal qualities, those, who remained reasonable while the society was disoriented. Civil servants and people in uniform demonstrated tenacity, courage, and solidity,” the Belarusian leader noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced that they did it not only due to the call of duty but due to their conscious choice. “Honestly speaking, I saw people at work, I understood that patriots surround not only me but our people,” he said.

The president also noted that workers of Belarusian enterprises showed their wisdom by choosing to work instead of protesting in streets. Agricultural workers did well. Thanks to them the regions lived a normal life all these months – growing and harvesting crops from the fields.

“The state policy in the field of science, art, and sport will inevitably generate new heroes. I would like them to adequately appreciate their state investment in them and would like them to always be grateful to the state,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

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