The message reads, in part:
“This holiday has special importance not only for Belarusians but for Russians as well, since it marks a landmark event in our common history – the liberation of Minsk from the Nazi invaders.
The bonds of brotherly friendship and mutual support, which became only stronger during the harsh years of the war, remain the firm foundation of the allied Russia-Belarus relations. This is fully confirmed today, when our countries are jointly confronting serious external threats and challenges.
I am confident that through our efforts to consistently build up efficient bilateral ties in all areas and strengthen the institutions of the Union State, we will overcome any challenges and defend our nations’ legitimate interests on the global stage.
I sincerely wish you good health and success, and happiness and prosperity to the brotherly people of Belarus.”