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Opinion: Lukashenko's words about ‘not our wars' misunderstood in Russia

Politics 05.11.2019 | 14:20

MINSK, 5 November (BelTA) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev apparently misunderstood President Aleksandr Lukashenko's idea of the Patriotic War of 1812, the First and Second World Wars in the context of Belarusian history. In Russia they took the words of the head of state in a disproportionate way, giving them a different meaning, political scientist, Candidate of Historical Sciences Aleksei Belyayev told BelTA.

The Belarusian president meant that none of these wars were in the interests of Belarus and the Belarusian people, Aleksei Belyayev noted. “The Belarusians defended their land. The invasion was not through their fault. The country had to fight back," the historian said. “Today, in the era of national interests, statements are perceived in a disproportionate way, not in the contexts they were really meant. They put a second meaning in them connected with the current situation,” he added.

Belarus' policy in part of preserving the memory of the heroes and victims of those terrible wars does not raise any questions. 9 May is among the most important public holidays in the country. “Nobody is going to divide the Great Victory,” the expert said. “Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev should be well aware of the real situation with the way we preserve the memory in Belarus. He said what he said in the heat of modern confrontations. It is not worth projecting some misunderstanding to the entire policy pursued by the country,” the expert said.

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