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Lukashenko meets with Belarus PM to receive his report
12:00 04 Мая’21
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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko to receive his report on 4 May, BelTA has learned.

On the country's economic performance

First of all, Aleksandr Lukashenko was interested in the country's economic performance: “What results do we have in Q1?” He emphasized, however, that the main thing is not even the country's performance in the first quarter of the year, but the future perspectives such as the results planned for the end of the year, including taking into account the existing problem.

“I read various forecasts in the media: the IMF, the World Bank and many others give their forecasts. This is however not the first year I have seen these results and forecasts: they have never been objective, and we have never worked the way they forecast. Therefore, the government should have the most accurate forecast: what we will have, taking into account the problems that exist,” said the president.

On counter sanctions

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, one of such problems is an attempt to intimidate Belarus with sanctions. He stressed that this should not be left unanswered. “The Europeans feel especially uneasy about this. I am not going to go into detail here, give any opinions. I will just say: if the Europeans want problems for themselves in connection with these sanctions, they will get them. I will say no more. Time will tell. I will just ask you to provide me with the information about the largest European projects in our country and the companies set up in Belarus to take a look at how they work here,” the head of state said.

He also tasked the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look into the so-called Western humanitarian programs in Belarus. “These are non-profit organizations, foreign agents, all sorts of criminals. I have already told the head of the President Administration about it. Tell Sergeyenko that I keep an eye on the matter. We agreed to re-register both these organizations and the media. They keep us on a short leash and start pulling us when they feel like it. Profitable, or unprofitable - I can see that they do not even think about it anymore. Well, if they do not think about it, it is fine, they will go to Russia via... They will go to the Baltic Sea, they will transport goods around Spain as well - to the Mediterranean Sea and across the Black Sea, if they feel bad about Belarus in the center of Europe,” the president said.

“I always ask this question: who benefits from this and why? We are defending our country, and you and I, and our people want to live in our country. We are just defending it. Why do we get all those sanctions? We need to respond. We should not act as we used to do: sticking our head in the sand, like ostriches, and think that we will tolerate, withstand it. No. We need to show that we are a nation, and that we have our own land, our own country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

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