The dictator slammed the policy of the West towards Russia.
“One would assume that the states of the West should appreciate the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over the Nazism, however instead of gratitude the West uses arrogant dictate and sanctions,” the Belarusian ruler said at the opening ceremony of the new buildings of the Belarusian State Museum of Great Patriotic War History in Minsk on 2 July, “Interfax” reports.
According to Alyaksandr Lukashenka, “only thanks to the unity of the multinational Soviet people, we managed to smash the enemy” during the Second World War.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin “the leader of the fraternal nation, the most reliable partner” of Belarus. He finds the fact that the leaders of the two states open the museum together, highly symbolic. “It was our common war and our common victory,” A. Lukashenka stressed.
“The way of our troops, first from Brest to Moscow, and then from Moscow to Berlin, was thorny and hard. There was much sorrow and many losses, especially during retreat. But still there was no cynical nationwide treason and calculated shameful cowardice like in a number of European countries that had surrendered to the fascists without fighting,” he said.
The Belarusian dictator noted that “lies about the war evoke contempt” to those “who are trying to steal our victory”, and he promised to fight a battle against such “marauders”.
The ruler is convinced that Russia and Belarus would be able to overcome negative aftermaths of the global crisis for national economies. And they are going to become yet stronger.
“I want to express gratitude to you for the support to our country. Both Russia and Belarus are getting out of this global crisis, and we are going to become stronger,” Lukashenka said.
The Belarusian dictator noted that he finds Putin’s visit to Minsk to the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders symbolic.
“Those were hard times, but after all the hardships it was a desired and common victory. And your presence at these celebrations symbolizes our unity. It shows that as we were together once, we are to remain together now,” Lukashenka said.
“And if something is to happen, as some people say, I answer to them that we are going to stand back to back and defend together,” Lukashenka added.
In his turn Putin stated t Russia and Belarus are to continue their economic cooperation which is bearing fruits already.
“As for our cooperation, we are joining efforts and we are going to do that in the future,” Putin said.
He noted that the difficult times, related not only to development of economies of the Russian Federation and Belarus, but to the global economy as well, are transition times.
“Our joint efforts for integration in the sphere of economy are undoubtedly bringing and are going to bring far more fruits, and we will change not only the volume but also the quality of the economy. And really soon the Eurasian Economic Union will start working, in half a year. There is no doubt, this will be yet another step forward in joining the efforts of our people and our states,” Putin said.
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