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27 October 2023, 12:19
Sergei Aleinik

The world is heading into abyss of mutual destruction

Sergei Aleinik
Sergei Aleinik
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

The world is heading into the abyss of mutual destruction and this must be stopped, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Aleinik said at the high-level international conference “Eurasian Security: Reality and Prospects in a Transforming World” in Minsk on 26 October, BelTA has learned.

“The European continent that has survived two world wars is facing a deadly conflict again. The possibility of flare-ups in various parts of the world is growing. And this is becoming commonplace, no matter how cynical it sounds. Now, in fact, the whole world is facing a task: not to step into the abyss of mutual destruction. Yet, we are moving in this direction along the so-called escalation ladder,” the foreign minister said.

Sergei Aleinik noted that today many people from different sides are asking questions: why the lessons of the two world wars could not save the continent from the current extreme degree of confrontation and mutual distrust, why numerous security mechanisms that took so much effort to develop in the 1970s, 1980s and the early 1990s failed.

“A lot has been said on this topic. In our opinion, and this is obvious to many in this room, the reason for the ongoing developments is the NATO-centric model of security for the privileged, that the West has promoted and continues to promote. This does not mean that we will use this rostrum for some generalizations and accusations. Absolutely not. Our goal is a candid and inclusive discussion,” the foreign minister emphasized.

According to Sergei Aleinik, it was precisely this approach of the Western bloc that prevented the OSCE from becoming a structure that could help create a common security space from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

“The West never allowed it to become a full-fledged international organization. And now, instead of a platform for meaningful discussion about war and peace, it is simply being reduced to a model of a “rules-based order.” What do we hear from many of these countries? They say, there is no need for discussion on security. They urge to sacrifice everything for victory over Russia forgetting about the history of the ongoing conflicts. They want to bring Russia into line with Western “rules”, as well as Belarus as it is Russia's ally, and all other countries,” the minister said.

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