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17 Nov 2016

Lukashenko: Belarusian soul is in the Russian language

Lukashenko: Belarusian soul is in the Russian languageMINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – Belarusian soul is in the Russian language, President Alexander Lukashenko said at the press conference for the Russian regional mass media on 17 November.

“Belarusian soul is in the Russian language. We have lived together for a very long period of time, speaking one language, putting our soul and our values in it. It is our common language, our greatest asset,” the head of state noted, stressing that this legacy cannot be abandoned.

He reminded the media that a referendum was held in Belarus to give Russian a status of a state language, and the idea was supported by the majority of Belarusians.

According to the President, the recent polls showed that over 90% of Belarusian residents are in favor of “exclusively good relations with Russia”.

Speaking about different media reports of the ongoing process of so-called “soft Belarusianism” and the harassment of Russian people in the country, Alexander Lukashenko noted: “Half of the Belarusian government are Russians. We have no such problems. There are no religious and interethnic conflicts in Belarus. We are proud about this.”

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