Belarus’ role on the international arena

  • "Today, our country has become a conduit for security and stability in the center of Europe."

  • "We once decided that the Cold War was over, that that page was turned over, and we will live in a new civilized and fair world based on mutual understanding and the triumph of international law. We thought so. But the West didn’t. They didn’t destroy us then. They’ve decided to try now."

    Statement after the negotiations with President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Amur Oblast, 12 April 2022
  • "In today's world, the so-called democracy has long been replaced by digital dictate. Blatant lies, hype, hate, bullying, trolling and other communication novelties rule this world. The saddest thing is that this artificial virtual world affects the adoption of real fundamental political decisions in the international arena."

    "Big Conversation with the President" - a meeting with journalists, representatives of the general public, experts, and mass media, 9 August 2021
  • "Does anyone seriously think that they, abroad, are very concerned about the interests of our people? They have other things to worry about. Solving their problems at the expense of Belarusians might seem a good idea for them."

    Meeting with Belarusian students, 29 January 2021
  • "The pandemic has laid bare all the systemic problems. It became a cover for the unceremonious advancement by major global powers of their foreign policy, trade and economic interests. They use all kinds of methods; they stick at nothing."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 4 August 2020
  • "This coronavirus has become a part and parcel of politics. Everyone is looking where to bite Lukashenko, Belarus, as they are believed to have gone rogue. Don't be surprised. We have preserved the system and got it into shape. Thus, it turned out that we were more or less prepared to respond to this infection and not only to it."

    Visit to the Bobruisk-based Slavyanka garment factory, 21 April 2020
  • "At the modern stage of development the Belarusian state needs to build its foreign policy and foreign trade in a new way - more extensively and aggressively. I believe that the time has come to assert ourselves on the world stage."

    Meeting to discuss the priorities of Belarus’ foreign policy at the current stage, 11 July 2017
  • "We do not have excessive geopolitical ambitions. Neither do we have an outsider complex. We are proud of our country. Respecting all nations and states, we have every right to demand the same respect for ourselves."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 24 April 2018
  • "Today Belarus is a pillar of security in the region. We have no conflicts on religious or ethnic grounds. We have never created problems for our neighbors. And we never will."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 21 April 2016
  • "The fact that Belarus has become the center of settlement of international conflicts shows that the world sees the sincerity, honesty and openness of the Belarusian policy. “Our friendship is never directed against anyone."

    Reception marking Independence Day, 1 July 2015
  • "Belarus will do everything in its power to restore peace and harmony between the Slavic peoples. It is not easy. Even if there is the slightest chance, we will not give up our attempts. We will strive to have peace here, in the territory of the main Slavic states."

    Meeting with representatives of the Russian media community, 14 December 2018
  • "Our efforts to promote our foreign policy interests are bearing fruit. Participation in major international forums has shown that Belarus’ initiative to build a multi-polar world resonates with the majority of countries."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 10 April 2001
  • "As we can hear and see, certain people have doubts and regrets about what Belarus can or cannot do. Some of them just grin and say that it is not up to us to solve certain issues. We are not going to solve anything for anybody but for our own selves. We just suggest that we could gather together in this calm (for now) place and discuss our problems, other things."

    International conference "European Security: Stepping Back from the Brink", 8 October 2019
  • "I have never missed an opportunity to reiterate that we stick to a multi-vector policy in our foreign relations. It was God, not me, who chose this land for Belarusians to live. Where can we go? There is no other place where we would be just as welcome. No one can give us some other land. We will not let anyone enslave us (we have been under the yoke before). This is our piece of land. It is located in the center of Europe, at the crossroads of all routes."

    Media appearance at the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial Complex, 6 September 2019
  • "We are not pro-Russian, not pro-Ukrainian and not pro-Polish. We are not Russians, we are Belarusians!"

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 22 April 2014
  • "The nature and evolution of the international situation, increasing globalization prompt a country like Belarus to immediately switch to a pro-active and even resourceful foreign policy."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 21 April 2011
  • "Peacefulness is at the heart of Belarus’ foreign policy. This is about a multi-vector and balanced approach, pragmatism and consistency, in particular in foreign policy. Our country seeks a broad dialogue across all issues of international importance."

    Ceremony to receive credentials of foreign ambassadors, 26 June 2018