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West uses sanctions against Russia instead of appreciating defeat of Nazism — Lukashenko

July 02, 2014, 21:36 UTC+3 MINSK
Belarusian president warned against attempts to redraw history for concrete political orders
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MINSK, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has criticised the West’s policy with regard to Russia.

“Western states should appreciate the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism but instead of appreciation we see contemptuous diktat and sanctions,” Lukashenko said at the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders.

In his opinion, it is owing to their unity that the Soviet people crushed the enemy hitherto undefeatable and not just drove the aggressor out of its territory but freed mankind from the threat of fascist slavery.

Lukashenko warned against attempts to redraw history for concrete political orders. “Our people feel sincere disdain when they hear blatant lies about the war and when different pseudo-historians portray traitors as heroes and invaders as liberators, or when they shamelessly redraw history for a concrete political order and try to steal the great victory from our people,” the president said.

“We fought off and will fight off such marauders in the most decisive way,” he added.

Lukashenko stressed that Belarus had always been against attempts to distort the truth about the war and was the first country in the world to have created a museum of the Great Patriotic War. This was done at one of the most critical periods in the history of the country when it was under German occupation.

There are more than 9,000 war memorials in Belarus and none of them has been destroyed, defamed or neglected. “Our common sacred place, the Brest Fortress, is an attractive place for hundreds of thousands of people who wish to know our heroic history, and the bells of Khatyn toll for the residents of the villages that were incinerated by the Nazi and their stooges,” the president said.

Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a new building of the Belarusian State Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk.

Putin said the glorious traditions of brotherhood, mutual assistance and unity shown during the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War should continue to serve as the basis for further development of Russian-Belarusian allied relations.

“Russia and Belarus will continue to strengthen good neighbourly ties within the Union State. New great opportunities for strengthening mutual integration will be created by the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty which will enter into force on January 1, 2015,” Putin said.

He is convinced that the stability and prosperity of the two countries, “the unity of the people of Russia and Belarus is what the heroes of the Great Patriotic War were fighting for”.

“Let our glorious traditions of brotherhood, mutual assistance and unity provide the solid basis for the development of Russian-Belarusian ties and allied relations,” Putin said.

Lukashenko believes that Putin’s presence at the celebrations “symbolises our unity and indicates that we were together and will be together forever”.

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