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Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps.

Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.

Relations with Romania are also being intensified. Andrei Grinkevich will now be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to that country. As the President noted, the diplomats are expected to contribute to the intensification of trade and economic cooperation between the states.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We do not need silent people. Chiefs need to express their position, defend it. The ambassador must have his or her own point of view. But it is necessary to carry out the state's line. We look at the turnover as the main indicator. You're not just the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You're also the ministry of foreign economic relations, so you're expected to focus on trade. Therefore, you will represent your country and be responsible for particular trade figures since this is foreign currency, which is the main issue of the life of our state.

Infrastructure development and support to the poor are tasks put before local officials.

On October 25, Alexander Lukashenko agreed on the appointment of Oleg Velichko as Deputy Chairman of the Brest Regional Executive Committee. Vladimir Penin took a similar position in the Vitebsk region. In addition, new chiefs were appointed in several regional centers, in Zhodino, as well as the Leninsky and Frunzensky districts of Minsk.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Without order and discipline, especially now, we won't go far. Stop all talk about some reforms. We have to work with what we have. A reforms means improvement. If you see that something is wrong, perfect it but don't break. During the crisis, no one breaks anything, and there is nothing to break, by the way. There are enterprises and they need to work. Throw it all out of your heads, all that talk about dividing and privatizing everything. It will not work if we don't work.
And about people. The parliamentary elections were held and earlier the presidential elections. Some just sat down ignoring people until the next elections. That should not be the case. Every day you need to work with people. Look: we now have lots of salary problems. The presidential administration and the government need to think how to support poor people. We have a lot of them. It is necessary to support them with salaries and some benefits. We see some average people, chiefs with their decent salaries but we don't look deeper, we don't see those poorest people. Here the need to do something, we cannot offend people. Maybe we should offer them more work and pay extra money. Cultural workers, social services - they should be supported. How to do it? You need to think about that. The market will not adjust anything here.

The President also agreed on the appointment of new heads of some universities, the deputy minister of justice as well as antitrust and trade deputy minister.

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to help the poorest people