Vaclau Areshka: Russia Is No. 1 Belarus’ Enemy
17:50, — Politics
Belarusians, as well as Ukrainians, are able to counter the Kremlin’s aggression.
It was stated by a Belarusian culture expert and a member of the organizing committee for creation of the Belarusian Rukh (Movement) party Vaclau Areshka. In this way he comments on the recent events in the Russian-Ukrainian border and experts’ statements about possible threats for our country.
“Russia has always been a threat to independent Belarus. Today it is a threat number one. I think there will be no annexation either of the Belarusian or Ukrainian territory in the near future, as Moscow is running out of its physical and economic potential for that. But it is to go on with its pressure, and in the first place, an economic and cultural pressure. A very dangerous and complicated situation could be encountered by Belarus, as we are in a total informational and cultural dependence from Russia. It offers a pretext for any interference in our political and cultural affairs, in any sphere of our life,” he said.
Vaclau Areshka is convinced that there is a mechanism to counter this pressure.
“Primarily, a revival of national consciousness and ideology are necessary right now. We are losing that, we blur important values amid pseudo-democratic wording and slogans. The Belarusian language seizes to be a national language of Belarus, a language of the opposition, of patriots. So the interests of our country are being lost amid European schemes and games. I think health nationalism is needed to be revived in Belarus now. We should unite the national forces which to not flirt with the regime and to not speak about any possible reforms of the regime. Lukashenka cannot guarantee independence of Belarus. There are no and cannot be any opportunities to defend sovereignty under this regime for Belarus. Those who support independence and an uncompromising struggle with the regime, should join forces,” Vaclau Areshka believes.
He stressed that drastic changes the Belarusian opposition is to face drastic changes due to the recent events.
“The old opposition which has been pretending to be actors for many years, taking part in the “elections”, is going to disappear. It is to be replaced by the forces guided by healthy national interests – there are such people among the youth movements, and among public associations and trade unions,” the expert said.
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