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22 Apr 2014

Belarus president prioritizes economy growth over domestic, foreign foes

MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) – At present economy growth is the most important thing for Belarus instead of domestic and foreign foes. The statement was made by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in his address to the nation and the parliament on 22 April, BelTA has learned.

“Economy growth is the most important matter instead of some enemies inside and outside the country,” said the head of state. He remarked that a healthy and powerful economy can guarantee the independence of a country and its prosperity.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked: “We hear many scary stories about enemies in the parliament, about law enforcement agencies trying to stage some scary con, about Russia massing tanks along our border with Ukraine, about [Russian] ambassador Surikov getting ready to become the Belarus president, with NATO and the West looking at all of this benevolently. I can understand only one thing: nobody will turn the country upside down if we don’t do it”. In his opinion, a revolution stems from economic issues. If enterprises work in Belarus, it will not fear any enemy.

The President stressed that widespread corruption, poverty, and economy downfall are behind Ukrainian events, the Arab spring and so on. “Those are the reasons. Not the Americans. They understand that timing is wrong today: Belarus is no Ukraine and there is nothing to revolutionize here,” Alexander Lukashenko is convinced.

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