Lukashenka: It is necessary to unite the nation

It is necessary to unite the nation to achieve the common goal of creating a strong and secure state, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said Friday in his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.


“Belarus is a country exposed to all geopolitical and economic winds” and cannot isolate itself from the other world, Mr. Lukashenka said. Developments outside Belarus have a serious impact on the country, he noted. 

“Given the sufferings of other nations, bloody conflicts and devastation, we are placing increasingly more value on the stability and harmony that we manage to preserve on our soil,” Mr. Lukashenka said.

“We have not allowed ourselves to be involved in any international conflict and have preserved good relations with all neighbors. As the head of state, I can say with full responsibility that everything will be done for nobody to manage to undermine the foundation of our statehood, the freedom and independence of the Republic of Belarus.” 

“But this is possible only if everyone makes a contribution to the common cause,” the Belarusian leader stressed. 

The main priority is to create a sustainable competitive economy, which would be the foundation of the sovereignty of the country, he noted.

“In this regard, a huge amount of work is ahead of us, but we will not start this work from the ground up,” he said.

“Over the quarter of a century of our independence, we have solved many complicated problems. The potential that we have makes it possible to be viable even in the most unfavorable periods.”