The national interest of Belarus has suddenly coincided with president Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s aspirations, a former political prisoner and Young Front leader Zmitser Dashkevich believes.
“The national interest of Belarus which the activists have been advocating for 20-25 years has suddenly coincided with the private interests of Lukashenka. Is it a reason to abandon our national interest? I think there have been irreversible changes in Belarus and Russia relations, including many scandals – milk and gas ‘wars’ and so on. And these changes are irreversible, which Lukashenka and some of his minions fully realized after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. For Lukashenka prefers to better to reign in hell than serve in heaven, he rather wants to be Number 1 in Belarus than an errand boy in the Kremlin. That is the conflict between the Kremlin and Lukashenka, thank God for the conflict,” Dashkevich told Belsat TV.
According to the activist, 2017 should a year of picketing for the return of the white-red-white flag that has become a symbol of the nation’s dream of independence and fighting for it.