The country and the people

  • "Our historic choice is an independent, strong and prosperous Belarus."

  • "We have the main thing that we should preserve and pass on to our descendants - it is our beloved homeland, our Belarus. We do not need another land. We will create our well-being ourselves, by our labor and on our land."

    Reception marking Independence Day, 3 July 1998
  • "Belarus should be a country of great opportunities! Belarus should be a country where one wants to live."

    4th All-Belarus People's Congress, 6-7 December 2010
  • "Ideology is an immune system that protects society from internal and external threats. Ideology does not serve the president but the Belarusian people. At the heart of our state ideology is the principle of social justice and consolidation of the entire nation in order to achieve the noble goal of building a strong and prosperous Belarus."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 16 April 2003
  • "The Belarusian people are the greatest value for me and also for Europe. We will always pursue the interests of this people."

    Press conference in Vienna after the talks with Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, 12 November 2019
  • "The concept “Belarusian people” is centered around the great spiritual brotherhood of all, for whom our generous, beautiful and kind land has become a home."

    Ceremony to unveil the State Flag Square of the Republic of Belarus, 2 July 2013
  • "We have been under the scrutiny of the international community. We were watched, evaluated, and occasionally labeled and put through economic and political sanctions. But through the thorns of sanctions, the tests of global crises, we reached our goals. In the center of Europe we created our own country - peaceful, stable and very beautiful. Belarus, a country for people!"

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 19 April 2019
  • "Belarus is a unique country in its own way. It brings together eastern and western branches of Christianity (Orthodoxy and Catholicism). It is home to Belarusians, Russians, Ukrainians, Jews, Poles, Tatars ... We are unique as for many years we have lived peacefully and amicably, helping each other, preserving our languages and culture, and at the same time feeling part of one whole, the name of which is the people of Belarus."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 22 April 2014
  • "Belarus is a peasant country. Our roots, both spiritual and material, are in the village. Historically, even before the 1950s, at a time of our parents, the vast majority of Belarusians lived in the countryside. The well-balanced perception of the world,  confidence of Belarusians in themselves and their future stem from the inseparable connection with their native land. The village is not just a piece of land. It's a whole civilization. It is ours, Belarusian."

    Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly, 14 April 2004
  • "The Great Patriotic War could have put an end to our history, to the existence of the Belarusian people. But at a time of terrible trials the Belarusians showed incredible perseverance, the national character that always eluded rational understanding of those who came with a sword to our land before. We are strong in difficulties. It is in the time of trials that the spiritual strength of Belarusians manifests most vividly - a fusion of courage, valor, justice and readiness to give life, but not to kneel, not to submit."

    Reception marking Independence Day, 2 July 2019
  • "Recently, we have often been talking here about the need to rediscover Belarus. Not in the sense that we are some kind of a closed territory. No. We are open to the world, almost 70% of what we produce is exported. For these reasons, we cannot be a closed country. What is Belarus for those who have never been here, what kind of associations does it evoke? Draniki, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, good roads, bison, giant dump trucks, multifunctional tractors, high-quality products... But in fact, Belarus is much more interesting and diverse than this."

    Press conference for Russian regional mass media, 17 November 2016
  • "Our main value is the people. This is why the state policy encompasses the principle: everything is for the good of people. What is the purpose of building wealth if this does not work for the benefit of people. This is a guide to action for government bodies. Because Belarus is truly a country for people!"

    Reception marking Independence Day, 1 July 2017