Updated at 12:00,15-01-2019

Russians still afraid of losing Belarus Lukashenka


Russians still afraid of losing Belarus  Lukashenka
One should know the history of creation of the Belarusian Peoples Republic (BNR) but should not take pride in those events, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Tuesdays meeting with young talented youth Belarusians.

According to him, information we have about the BNR is controversial.

He criticized the creators of the Belarusian Peoples Republic for hesitating over their police line and seeking assistance in the West. At the same time, he tried to justify the Bolsheviks actions saying that they were just afraid of losing the territory of Belarus.

Interestingly, speaking about the proclamation of Belarus nationhood, the president admitted that Russia still wanted to control Belarus.

Russians are our brothers. They are different. They can be good and bad. At times they dont want to buy our milk or sugar. They may stop selling oil or natural gas. All kinds of things may happen. Ive felt it in full measure. But we have to bear our share of responsibility, too. We are politicians and should be able to resolve these issues. But it doesnt mean that they are our enemies. Who will be the first to lend us a helping hand? Russians. It doesnt matter what will lie at the root of it. They are still afraid of losing Belarus, state-run news agency BelTA quotes him

The Belarusian leader also called himself the most ardent supporter of the countrys sovereignty and independence.

On Sunday Belarus will be celebrating the centenary of the proclamation of its nationhood. The Belarusian Peoples Republic came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate.