On May 9, Alyaksandr Lukashenka delivered a speech at Victory Square in Minsk, the press service of the head of state reported. Lukashenka congratulated Belarusians on Victory Day and criticized marches of veterans of the SS battalions.
“Anyone who today encourages meetings of neo-Nazis and rallies of elderly warriors from the SS battalions [held in Latvia – Belsat.eu] should come to Belarus and visit the village of Chyrvony Berah, where there was a concentration camp. To see a piercing memorial to unfulfilled childhood dreams,” the head of Belarus said.
Also, Lukashenka ‘ordered’ veterans ‘to live’.
“And you, dear veterans, as usual, I order to live!” Today you can be proud of your children and grandchildren. The current generation of military keeps sacred traditions of victory. After all, the main lesson of the Great Victory is that you need to fight for peace, especially nowadays, when it is under the gun of global terrorism and not only it. We need to do it all together, in a united front. As it was then, in the distant stern forties, when thousands of anti-fascists from European states fought in the ranks of the Belarusian resistance: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, France, Italy and even Germany. Unfortunately, in Europe today there is no such unity. There is an increase in the military presence on our borders. The Treaty on Medium and Small-Range Missiles is no longer [the termination of this treaty was announced by the United States and Russia — Belsat.eu]. But we are convinced of the need for a constructive dialogue with all countries. Because peace is life,” said the head of Belarus.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka arrived at Victory Square with his sons.
Note that this year the celebration of Victory Day in Minsk took place without a traditional military parade.