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Lukashenko: People will not forgive us if we fail to ensure Belarus' security, sovereignty

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko believes that Belarusian people will not forgive the government if it fails to ensure the country's security and sovereignty. He made the relevant statement at a session of the Security Council to discuss the Military Doctrine of Belarus on 22 January, BelTA has learned.

“People in every country, and this is particularly relevant to Belarusians, have always had complaints towards the government about high prices, meat and dairy products, quality of Belarus-made clothes which is thought to be inferior to that of imported ones, small retirement pensions, broken fences, leaky roofs, snow in the streets that the government has not removed, and many others things. With time, the complaints will go away, or will be forgotten, or people, as it always happens, will forgive the government. However, there is one thing that will not be forgiven – if we do not manage to ensure people's safety and the country's sovereignty. When there is no land for our children and grandchildren, then they will forget about clothing, meat and milk. If one day there is only one ruble left in the budget, in the government's pocket, it should be spent on the security of our people, on ensuring a safe life for them. This is the main thing,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

As an example, Alexander Lukashenko cited Ukraine. "Ask any Ukrainian living there today, not only in Donetsk, Donbass, Lugansk: what the main thing for them is. They do not have a normal life from the point of view of our people. They do not care about meat prices, currency exchange rate, etc. They dream that they be left alone, that the situation get back to normal, and that peace be restored. The rest, as the Ukrainians say, can be achieved through work,” the Belarusian head of state said.

“Whatever it takes we must maintain peace on our land, ensure a safe life for our people and defend the land we have inherited,” the President of Belarus stressed.