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3 Feb 2017

Lukashenko: National idea should come naturally

Lukashenko: National idea should come naturally

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – Belarusians do not have a national idea yet, and it is impossible to invent it, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the meeting with the members of the public, representatives of the Belarusian and foreign mass media on 3 February, BelTA has learned.

The head of state said that Belarus has been attempting to formulate the national idea for quite some time. The effort involved different experts and public figures. “We have not managed to formulate it using our administrative resources. I have come to believe that, probably, in our development we have not yet reached the point where this idea would strike our minds and hearts. I have put myself at rest: if the society cannot come up with anything, then I cannot suggest anything either because this is a very responsible task. So we live as we do, without this idea. Though we would want to have one,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

The Belarusian leader believes that a national idea cannot be invented. “Our life, the development of our country should take us to this idea. It might be that we have existed for too short a time as a sovereign, independent country. Even Russia cannot formulate it [the national idea] today. We should be very careful and accurate. This idea should be shared by all and unite us,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“Maybe I do not see it. In this case, this is your fault. You have not come up with anything either. Anyway, we need to formulate it, because this is a small step forward, a message to all generations: this is our future. Time will show and put everything in the right places,” the Belarusian leader believes.

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