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1 Apr 2019

Rapota opines on role of youth in Belarus-Russia Union State construction

Rapota opines on role of youth in Belarus-Russia Union State construction

MOSCOW, 1 April (BelTA) – This year the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia that is held on 2 April marks two important milestones – the 20th anniversary of signing the Union State Treaty and the 75th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders. These important milestones were highlighted by State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota in his address timed to the Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.

“These two important milestones are a reminder that we should do more than just value the things we have achieved. The Union State will go on only if the youth realizes the importance and benefits of integration for them, if young people maintain close contacts with their peers from Belarus and Russia, if their role models are our common heroes whose life is inseparably connected with the unity of the two peoples. Our objective is to give the new generation as many opportunities as possible to study, join the academic community, take part in interesting economic projects. The Internet offers a unique opportunity to get information, communicate and fulfill one’s ambitions. It is also important that the young generation knows how to use it in the right way, how to tell between truth and lie and how to find those whom they can trust,” Grigory Rapota said.

According to Grigory Rapota, cooperation in history, education, science and culture is just as important as economy, innovation, and academic and manufacturing competences. “The youth of the Union State is receptive to common humanitarian values. It is important to give them access to it in a modern-day format. The older generation, veterans, heroes of the Great Patriotic War have done everything for the two countries, the two nations to stick together. The preservation of this unity is probably the interethnic idea behind the Union State,” Grigory Rapota noted.

“The Union State will soon turn twenty years. I wish all of us that this milestone will be just the beginning of the way the two countries will follow,” the state secretary added.

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