Belarus, despite its modest place on the world map, can afford to conduct an independent foreign and domestic policy, said the head of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko.
The statement was made at a reception on behalf of the president on the Old New Year.
“Time has tested us and given an answer: in general, we are worthy of independence. In 2020 we have actually declared war. And it was unleashed not against the president, civil servants, security forces, but against a strong state as a whole. The state, which can afford to conduct independent foreign and domestic policy despite its modest place on the world map,” said Lukashenko, as quoted by the state agency BelTA.
According to him, if Belarus were weak, it would be “taken care of without these events and without war,” and if it were very strong – they would not make such claims.
The country’s sovereignty, the president said, is inconceivable without a strong power in the face of the nation, ready to unite when the state is under attack.
“We have survived so far because we have been united in our desire to preserve peace and historical truth, our way of life and mentality. It is true, it was not immediately rocked. But we did. It took a long time to get going, and now we’re moving,” stressed Lukashenko.
Strikes and protests broke out in Belarus on August 9, 2020, immediately after the presidential election, which was won by the current head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he won 80.1% of the vote. His rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, came in second place with 10.1%, according to the official data. Her headquarters did not recognize these figures, believing that the opposition candidate won significantly more than 50%.