MINSK, July 10 (Itar-Tass) -- The international fair Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk demonstrates clearly the aspiration of the Slavic nations to unanimity, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the opening of the fair, where representatives of 30 countries take part.
The atmosphere of the festival shows "clearly that the Slavic unanimity does exist," he said.
"With all their hearts, the people want to live in one family, to live friendly and well," Lukashenko said. "The great belief in the Slavic fraternity and the love to their motherland are the sources of the live-giving power of our festival."
"It is a paradox, but quite often we do not appreciate the greatest achievement we have - the historical unanimity of ours," he continued. "It is especially true at the time when Europe and other regions try to unite, to unite at any cost, when sometimes interests of states are damaged."
"Friendship is more valuable than any rationalism," he added.
The Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk has become a part of "not only culture, but of the big politics, it has become a platform for meetings of state officials and civil activists from different countries, it is supported in all continents."
"Tens of thousands of actors and musicians from over 60 countries have participated in the festival, which means that there is no such power to make us forget the noble impulse which gave birth to the Slavic Bazaar and our friendship," Lukashenko said.