President Alexander Lukashenko delivered his annual State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly.
This political tradition is two decades old in Belarus.
Every time this comes as a kind of analysis of the situation inside Belarus and the ways of its development for the near future. Among the most important themes of the current address are the multi-vector nature of foreign policy, the strengthening of the national economy, employment, increase in salaries, price control, and the cost of tariffs for housing and communal services.
The President began the Address from worrying trends. Modern geopolitical realities are very serious. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the growing threat of terrorism.
In addition, literally before our very eyes there is a "re-division" of the world map. And not always are new borders of the world order set at the negotiating table.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Dangerous trends are the lack of readiness of influential world players to compromise, the imbalance of the old system of checks and balances, the desire of individual states to "show their muscles." In fact, there is a drift towards a new bloc confrontation. Today no one can feel safe.
Who else could have imagined that whole areas of some states would fall under the control of terrorists? That people will die in the prosperous Europe from explosions or under the wheels of trucks driven by fanatics?
Millions of refugees from the Middle East and Africa poured into the European continent. The EU countries were not ready for such a massive flow and are trying, with varying success, to develop systematic measures to streamline it. Migratory threats, in turn, stimulate serious processes within the European Union.
Take the same Brexit, which marked a qualitatively new reality on the continent. Europeans are yet to comprehend its political and economic consequences.