MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) - Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko is attending the meeting of the CSTO PA Council in Yerevan, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.
The speaker took part in the discussion to review the activities of the Republic of Armenia to counter challenges and threats to security in the context of the priorities of the CSTO chairmanship in 2021-2022. The choice made in favor of combining efforts to maintain peace and security in the Eurasian space has stood the test of time, he said. But in the conditions of the tough confrontation with the collective West, the degree of threats to the CSTO states has increased significantly, which implies the need to step up collective efforts to strengthen the mechanisms of the CSTO.
Particular emphasis should be placed on countering the policy of dictate and sanctions in international relations, Vladimir Andreichenko believes. "Today is the time when we need to show the true unity. We need to use all opportunities, all international platforms to demonstrate the absurdity and deadlock of the sanctions policy, its short-sightedness," he stressed.
Security is not only about a military component, Vladimir Andreichenko is convinced. The positions of our states in the international arena will become stronger if we ensure comprehensive cooperation in trade and economy. We need to take feasible steps to advance industrial cooperation, implement mutually beneficial projects to replace imports and create products with high added value. Special consideration should be given to building new transport and logistics chains and developing common approaches to cargo transportation."Taken together, all this is not just and not so much a response to all kinds of sanctions and threats against our countries. The main thing is to ensure economic growth, create additional sources to improve the social protection of citizens and their well-being. This is what voters expect from us," the speaker said.
The unprecedented information war unleashed against our states and peoples, and the unwillingness of the collective West to honestly and objectively assess what is happening cannot go unanswered. Of particular concern is the purposeful activity to discredit the governments and support extremist elements in the CSTO countries, said Vladimir Andreichenko. He urged his colleagues to step up fight against the use of information technologies for criminal purposes at the level of national legislation, to more actively share best practices in this area.
We cannot tolerate the practice when fakes and disinformation are used as a platform for shaping the agenda of international organizations and their decisions. We need to use the entire arsenal of means to defend the vital interests of our states. In this regard, the next session of the OSCE PA in Birmingham should become an example of joint collective action against the imposition of a unilateral vision of the world and against the dominance of the positions and opinions that are dubious from the point of view of facts.
Another important topic that the speaker of the House of Representatives outlined in his speech is the preservation of historical memory. Belarus strongly condemns any attempts to falsify the history related to the common contribution of the peoples of the USSR to the victory over Nazism, he stressed. The facts of the extermination of civilians by the Nazis and their accomplices, established in the verdict of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, should be regarded as the genocide of the peoples of the Soviet Union.
Vladimir Andreichenko expressed appreciation to all MPs who confirmed their participation in the international parliamentary conference "Historical Memory: The Great Victory Gained by Unity", which will be held in the Belarusian capital on 14-15 June. Holding such events is of particular importance for the younger generation. The speaker called for wider involvement of youth military-patriotic organizations and the CIS Youth Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in this work. Vladimir Andreichenko urged to create an information environment for live communication of young people united by the desire to perpetuate the memory of the feat of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers.