Freedom and independence are opportunities, not what many Belarusians think. This was announced today, on November 25, by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in Gomel.
“Believe me, the time is very serious: either we remain a state, or we need to think about other options – but this is already without me. It was not in vain that we nurtured and nursed our state for 30 years so that at least our children could live freely and independently. If someone understands this freedom and independence (this does not concern you, but our people), that “I do what I want, then I turn back” – I want to work, I want not – this is not and will not be in any state. Freedom and independence are opportunities, – he said.
Alexander Lukashenko also noted that he did not have rich relatives, he grew up in the hardest years.
“And then people (adults, and my mother) dreamed that their son and children would receive a decent education, that they would have equal conditions with the children of ministers, colonels, generals, professors, academicians, and so on. Why didn’t we give this to people? Dali. Even more than that. Realizing that in the countryside today it is more difficult with education, and so on, how much education have we introduced in universities in targeted areas? Go, please, study. This was not the case in the Soviet Union. We are from the outback, especially from the Gomel region, the so-called Chernobyl regions, we support the kids even more, ” the Belarusian leader noted.
At the same time, he asked a rhetorical question: “What else do you need?”
“If you want to walk under someone’s whip, walk around. But then no one will talk to you in such a composition. Take the whip, and you will run ahead. Hide, as the people say, fall behind, you know what will happen. With us it was already 80 years ago: they tried to demonstrate it to us. And we walked around Belarus in such a way that we still sneeze. That is exactly the issue today. And you felt it in the Gomel region: it is here next to you. So it’s just a smell sniffed. We do not want our children to take a gun and go to defend their country. I absolutely do not want it. If any of you want, stand up and say – we will provide. Therefore, it’s better that we clench our teeth and work and give the result, ” he demanded.
In addition, the Belarusian leader noted that the actions of the country’s leadership in recent years were justified.
“We constantly talk about the importance of food security and the agricultural industry. Maybe someone is already tired of it. But the fact that we were right, having staked on food production, was convinced both in Belarus and abroad. This year, our entire country harnessed, as I say, rolled up their sleeves and produced a worthy result,” Lukashenka noted.
Recall that the Belarusian leader is constantly criticized in the West for violations of human rights and freedoms, as well as the rejection of “democratic values” according to the Western model. In turn, Minsk believes that they have every right to act in the interests of the state, and not of Western partners. At the same time, Lukashenko has repeatedly stressed that he will defend the independence and sovereignty of Belarus by any available means.