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Belarus president wants proper army parade on Independence Day

MINSK (BelTA) – On 29 May Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko heard out a report on preparations for the military parade to be held on Independence Day. The president gave instructions to organize the event to high standards, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “We have decided we are going to organize a parade this year. There is no need to spare money for it. Moreover, the expense is not that large. We need a genuine and impressive parade. This is what a parade is supposed to achieve. It is a demonstration. We are going to demonstrate to the people that the army does its job.”

The head of state underlined that the nation should see what the Belarusian army is all about, what it does, and what weapons and hardware it uses. “People need to see the faces of their protectors, soldiers of the Armed Forces,” he added. “Not only the army, but also the border guards, the Interior Ministry, and the Emergencies Ministry.”

According to the president, it is necessary to demonstrate modern civilian machines and vehicles, which are made in Belarus. “I am concerned that our people — not all of them but a significant part — don't know the accomplishments of civilian Belarus. They don't know what we create even in these complicated and difficult times. We have things to show. They will be remembered for a long time,” noted Alexander Lukashenko.

The concept for organizing other events dedicated to Independence Day was also discussed during the meeting.