It may sound a little
immodest, but I have enough brains to rule a state in a sound way, without
resorting to a stick or fist. Belarus is in the very center of Europe,
it is surrounded by democratic states, and believe me, it is not the kind
of state which can be ruled by authoritarian means.
President of Belarus,
Russian NTV television,
Moscow, cited in World News Connection (WNC) April 28, 1998.