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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus did not change its policy despite sanctions

At the opening of the 2nd Ring Road Belarusian Head of State Alexander Lukashenko talked with the representatives of labor collectives of road-building organizations and residents of Minsk region. Of course, he answered all their questions.

The conversation touched upon the international agenda. Especially because the President spoke about a week ago in New York at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.   

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
When sanctions were introduced against us, which is now the case with Russia, we survived this period. But we did not begin to wobble as a country, we did not move away from our traditional policies: to be a sovereign, independent state.  We are not a gigantic state but we also have the right to vote. We are founders of the UN!  It is not pride. We sacrificed about a third of our population during WWII to destroy the "brown" plague. That is, we deserve respect. We took a stand. We survived, you survived.
Speaking at the United Nations, the President of the United States used an example of Cuba acknowledging that the policy of sanctions did not work in Cuba's case and that the USA is also learning on its mistakes. The same goes for the USA's policy towards Belarus. They saw that we had survived.  We established in the heart of Europe a decent country, though not super-rich.
Now I am criticized: they say that crisis in Ukraine helped Lukashenko. It did not help me. This is a pain for me, as for many Ukrainians, and for those people who have relatives there. But the Ukrainian crisis has shown how fragile peace is. And meeting with the leaders of other countries, I often say to them straight: "We are good students. We have been living 20 years as a sovereign independent state. We are ready to learn. But if you push us in the back all the time, nothing will happen."

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus did not change its policy despite sanctions