The leadership of Belarus will Never agree to the infringement of the Russian language in the country, said foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei in the interview to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.
"Belarus is the only post-Soviet state... Where there are two official languages ? Russian And Belarusian. If some time ago there was such a decision, If We artificially forced people to only speak in the Belarusian language, We would assume may not even be the same, but ten times worse situation than Ukraine. Never the Belarusian Leadership to take such steps, do not go "? leads to RIA "Novosti" the words of the Minister.
Answering the question about the possibility of some limits the role of the Russian language to strengthen the identity of the Belarusian people, Mackey stated that the development of languages And possible correction of their role in society has to happen naturally." the head of Lukashenka's Never tried to make artificial rules for the development of that or another language. Government policy is that all this happened naturally. We are aware that, since the old Soviet times, a Large number of people in Belarus speak Russian language. This situation has continued to the present time ", Greg said the head of the Ministry. However, he acknowledged that " the situation is gradually changing And, in truth, more people try to speak in the Belarusian language ". However, Mackay drew attention, because this is not by artificial measures, and by forming good conditions for wider use of the Belarusian language. For example, the possibility to increase the number of hours in educational institutions for the training of Belarusian language." We are in the process of identity creation of the Belarusian nation. And this, of course, We have to care about the preservation of the Belarusian language, but without making it artificial, not forcing anyone... Under pressure to speak in the Belarusian language ", ? drew the attention of Mackay. As reported by the print edition OPINION, according to the Independent Institute of socio-economic And political studies at the beginning of 2016, 66, 6% of Belarusians agree that Belarusians, Russians And Ukrainians ? 3 branches of the same people. An alternative point of view (different people) supported a total of 27, 1%. Remember, at the end of 2015, Russian President Vladimir Palinodes a law exempting citizens of Belarus from the need to pass the exam on the Russian language And Russian history At the taking of a temporary residence permit or a residence permit in the Russian Federation.