Congratulating the people of Belarus on Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is celebrated on February 23, Alexander Lukashenko said that the Armed Forces of the Republic were always ready for an adequate response to any challenge and threat, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Belarusan news agency BelaPAN.
"Today, the Republic of Belarus is an independent sovereign state with ensured peace, stability and harmony. And no one should doubt that this will continue, because the defense of the Fatherland in our country has a national character," Lukashenko said.
According to him, this holiday is nothing but a symbol of deep respect to the generation of Fatherland defenders and embodies the inextricable link between the heroic past and present.
"In a sacred fight against the enemy of mankind Belarusian soldiers showed the highest example of valor, fortitude and self-sacrificing love for the country. This is a holiday of all those, who defended freedom and independence of our Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, who picked up the baton from the generation of victors and reliably provides security of the country under the current conditions," Lukashenko said.