Belarus Disobeys the West, Saves Its Economy

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is certain that he made a right decision not to listen to IMF’s recommendations

“Belarus means White Russia (Belaya Rus) in Russian. Where does this name come from? People with blue eyes and blond hair live there. Their ancestors repulsed the Tatar attack and then they struggled with Lithuania for more than a hundred years. This is probably why it became White Russia – it was not desecrated by enemies. The life in the western part of Russia developed a special type of courage for the people of Belarus. Their courage is quiet and full of dignity. When Vladimir Putin said about the relations between Russia and Belarus that one should separate flies from meat chops, the Belarussian people were rather surprised about that. They were surprised to know that a fly decided to get away from a meat chop. Everyone remembers in the republic that the contribution of Belarus to the economy of the USSR made up over 400 billion rubles (which is equal to $6.5 billion back in those days). Belarus was not a dependant, but a generous bread-winner of the country. We know, who sows the seeds of hostility between the two Slavic nations now. Those people are like weeds on a path between two flower beds. Russian weeds hate to see Belarus happy and neat. That is why, they try to suppress the weak base of the Unified State.”

This was said by writer Ivan Sabilo during his speech at the conference of the organization Russian-Belarussian Brotherhood.

The results of the meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been positively evaluated by the parliaments of the two countries. Elena Mizulina, the chairwoman of the committee for laws and regulations, said that the meeting between the two presidents was not incidental. She added that the meeting would definitely give a new incentive to the reform of the Unified State. Probably, the meeting will then become of historic significance.

According to the information from SeverInform, Natalia Masherova, the chairwoman of the committee for informational politics and cooperation with public associations, said: “The presidents stated that they met to dot their "i's." It can be seen from the results of the meeting that the i’s have been dotted.”

Lyudmila Baranovskaya, a member of the committee for informational policy and cooperation with public associations stated that Russia and Belarus were going along the way of previous agreements towards the Unified State.

It became known yesterday that Belarus was going to start negotiations with the OSCE soon. This was particularly said by spokesman for the Belarussian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Pavel Latushko. He stated that President Lukashenko confirmed everything that he said before. Belarus is not against the OSCE’s presence in the country. More importantly, the mandate of that presence is to be specified, as well as the forms of the presence.

The situation with the OSCE and Belarus was discussed in New York, at the meeting between Belarussian and Portuguese foreign ministers. Probably, the head of the Belarussian Foreign Ministry will soon have a meeting with the OSCE Secretary General.

Alexander Lukashenko has recently had a meeting with students and professors of the Belarussian State Economic University. During the meeting, Lukashenko said that the attacks on Belarus happened on account of the fact that the leadership of the country “refused to get in the common line with the unidirectional world order, to follow the reforms imposed by foreigners, to use the shocking therapy and disastrous privatization.”

Lukashenko added that the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations exerted negative influence on the economies of such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Argentina. “Argentina obeyed the reforms, which had been imposed on it by the IMF. Now it has been ruined. Belarus refused to follow those destructive recommendations and became a malevolent discipline breaker,” claimed Lukashenko.

The Belarussian president also paid special attention to the fact that the “economic reforms in Belarus were of evolutionary character.” “We will not allow a revolution to happen. We amend the economic base that has been formed already, since our country does not have sufficient national and financial resources, in case we fail to achieve successful reforms,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The Belarussian president is sure that the realization of the Belarussian economic model did not allow oligarchs to develop and grow in the country. Lukashenko is certain that it did not allow criminals to obtain access to the power either.

On the photo: Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko

Sergey Yugov

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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