No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says

No departure from political and economic course, Alexander Lukashenko says

Decisions taken to improve the efficiency of the economy should not have a negative impact on the social sphere in Belarus. Important issues of the socio-economic complex were discussed on February 16 at the Palace of Independence. Taking part in the meeting hosted by the Belarus President were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, the National Bank, the regional leaders and chairmen of corporations.

The Government has submitted for consideration draft legal acts to combat negative developments in the economy. But, as emphasized by the Belarus President, there will be no radical reforms, which do not correspond to the course selected by the Belarusian authorities.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We will not depart from what was promised during the presidential campaign. Listen, are we at war? Is there a catastrophe, an earthquake? Do we really need to swing from right to left constantly changing the course? Yes, conditions have changed, yes, it is a little bit more difficult. But we cannot cut a healthy person open. No one is allowed to take away all the money from the pockets of half of the population. This is what you need to take into account. And I don't need your reforms. Those that you offer. We need to create a normal life for the people and the functioning of the state and our society. Here's what we need. Be it reforms or anything else. 
But look: instead of bread, you offer people some kind of reforms. We have built a state, and this was far more difficult than just some reforms. We have fed the people, clothed it, put shoes on it, we created all necessary for life. Continue to improve the production of goods. And most importantly, after you create a product, sell it! That's what is the most important thing, that is what all reforms are about. When you do this, then we will see at what level we will be and what conditions we will be working in. Maybe the conversation about certain reforms will disappear altogether. But we cannot make reforms that run counter to the direction in which we promised our people to move. This is the main criterion, no matter how difficult. The main thing is the person.