Belarus President’s speech at the Independence Day military parade

MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Belarus President’s speech at the Independence Day military parade

3 July 2016

Belarus President’s speech at the Independence Day
military parade Comrade
soldiers, sergeants and officers!Dear war veterans!Dear
compatriots and guests!Today Belarus
is marking its main national holiday, Independence Day25 years ago our country gained
independence and a chance to choose its own path of development. By the will of the Belarusian people
expressed at the national referendum Independence Day is marked on the day of
Minsk’ liberation from the Nazi invaders. “Freedom”, “victory”, “sovereignty”
are great and sacred words for all of us.Our unconquered Belarusian people demonstrated the world an example
of self-sacrificing struggle against the aggressor through mass resistance to
the enemy. This year we have marked the
75th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War. We will never forget
that war which took every third live of the Belarusian population.Those events reminded us once again of the
treacherousness of the Nazis. The lessons should be learnt both from victories
and defeats. The main thing is to make sure that such tragedy should not happen
again.Historic experience proves that
diplomacy alone cannot protect the country. There is a need for an efficient
defense system. The strength of the state lies in its ability to forestall and
pre-empt danger.Unfortunately,
military force remains one of the major arguments in international relations.
This means that every state that values its integrity and independence must be
able to defend its people. This
is why Belarus will continue strengthening its army equipping it with advanced
weapons and hardware. Today’s parade
will feature the Multi-Launch Rocket System Polonez. It is a cutting-edge system
which is vital for deterring aggression against our country. Of no less importance is the
fact that Belarus has a status of a space power. The country’s Armed Forces have been continuously improving their
combat skills. Troops of territorial defense hold regular exercises. Every Belarusian can rest assured that no
one will ever be allowed to destabilize the situation in the country, violate
its sovereignty and integrity.Dear
Comrades!The main areas for the
country’s development for the next five years have been approved at the recent
5th Belarusian People’s Congress. This
nationwide forum demonstrated our social cohesion, peaceful and multitrack
policy based on principles of good neighborliness and cooperation. We have been closely cooperating
with our allies and, first of all, with our sister nation Russia. We have been
developing dialogue with neighbors and western countries. Over the years of independence we have not gotten drawn into
any reckless political schemes, any international conflict. We are looking into the future with
confidence and cherish the glorious history of our country.  Let us forever cherish the memory of the heroes
who died defending our Fatherland. Let us live up to their great feat. I wish everyone peace, happiness, health
and every success for the benefit of our Motherland. Eternal glory to the Belarusian people who defended the freedom and
independence of the country. Long live
our Motherland, the Republic of Belarus. Eternal glory to its valiant Armed Forces. Happy Independence Day!Hooray!