"There are different people: there are enough of them here and there. We see them – thanks God, maybe. Here there is a certain watershed and criterion (Belarus witnessed it in 2020, and Russia is experiencing now), which shows who is who. There is nothing wrong with that. Mobilisation is mentioned to scare people in our country, while some have escaped abroad from here. Listen, Russia’s mobilisation resource makes 25m. Well, 30,000 – or 50,000 – might have left the country. But if they had stayed here, would they have been our people? Let them run away. I do not know your attitude towards this, but I was not particularly worried when several thousand [people] left [Belarus] in 2020,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the President, most of the Belarusians who left the country then are asking to return. “These will come back as well. It is only necessary to make a decision about what to do with them: either let them come here, or let them stay there and rely on their own resources. That’s not the way to behave. After all, it is possible to come to an agreement here and not to run around Europe and America – as it was during the Bolshevik revolution and after it. The situation is different [now],” the Belarusian leader stressed.