Gomel Oblast should return to its former strength, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with senior officials of Gomel Oblast on 22 December, BelTA has learned.
The head of state recalled that a huge work had been done in the region to reclaim its lands after the Chernobyl accident.
“We cannot ruin Gomel Oblast, and we will not do it. This is out of the question. If you all refuse to get on board with the idea to revitalize the region, we will find other people to do it. We must definitely breathe new life into Gomel Oblast. It is a great place, not like anything else. This is a special area of Belarus, and we will definitely preserve it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.