MINSK, 3 December (BelTA) - Belarus is ready to address the migrant crisis with international partners, putting aside political differences, Belarusian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Andrei Ravkov said in an interview to the news agency Vzglyad.az, BelTA has learned.
“Belarus values peace and stability inside the country and in the region above everything else. Throughout the history of the independent Belarusian state, we have been a donor of security in the region and spared no effort to ensure global peace and prosperity,” said Andrei Ravkov.
In his words, illegal migration is an ongoing common challenge that can only be confronted by joint efforts, not by building fences and deepening dividing lines, imposing sanctions and closing airspace. Such an approach requires mutual constructive steps.
“Despite the warlike rhetoric of the EU and NATO, Belarus remains ready to work with all international partners, putting aside political differences in order to prevent further exacerbation of the migrant crisis and save human lives. It is our deep conviction that the way out of this difficult situation is not through the persistent attempts of the West to demonize Belarus, but through joint work and dialogue. We must fight the root causes of migrant flows and sit down at the negotiating table, as we have repeatedly called upon the West to do,” the diplomat said.