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5 Jun 2020

Lukashenko: Pandemic will change a lot, but pressure will not go away

Lukashenko: Pandemic will change a lot, but pressure will not go away
Viktor Orban and Aleksandr Lukashenko

MINSK, 5 June (BelTA) - The pandemic will change a lot, but the pressure from those who want to change the world in these conditions will continue, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a press conference after the talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Minsk on 5 June, BelTA has learned.

“The pandemic will change a lot. You know that two or three months ago, when these processes just started, I said here in Belarus that someone needed it. It is clear that even if this virus is not of a human making, many countries would still want to use it to change the world. Naturally, I mean the countries that consider themselves to be the most important ones and that believe they have a role to play in the the restructuring of the world,” the Belarusian leader said. “This is why the pandemic will really change a lot. But the pressure will not go away. We have to be ready for that. There will be pressure from all sides, and only the strong will withstand it. Strong not only economically, militarily, politically but, above all, morally.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he liked what Viktor Orban had said during the meeting regarding the equivalence of patriotism and nationalism in a good sense of the word. “This factor will play an important role after this pandemic is over. We are ready for it. Hungary is even more so, despite the fact that it is part of the close-knit European Union. We welcome that. This is one of the pillars of our future cooperation,” the president said.

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