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16 June 2021, 11:49

Andreichenko: Economic warfare launched against Belarus ‘in the name of democracy'

Vladimir Andreichenko
Vladimir Andreichenko

MINSK, 16 June (BelTA) – In the name of “protecting freedom and promoting democracy” the West has launched the process of economic strangulation of Belarus by upping up the sanctions pressure and squeezing Belarusian enterprises from foreign markets, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko said as he addressed the 60th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia held via a video link, BelTA has learned.

“The 60th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia is held in the run-up to the landmark date - the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Our people showed unprecedented heroism and selflessness and held out. The key to the Great Victory was our unity and deep belief in the righteousness of our cause. The memory of this is sacred for us and serves as a solid foundation for the Union State construction, equal dialogue between Belarus and Russia and friendship between the two brotherly nations," Vladimir Andreichenko said.

According to him, today, unfortunately, the policy of national selfishness and pushing through geopolitical interests still dominate the international relations. "Like in 1941, Belarus is facing an attack again. This time the so-called collective West is targeting our sovereignty and independence, seeking to destroy the economy, and eventually the Union State,” the speaker said. “I would like to thank our Russian colleagues for their consistent and balanced position, political and information support amid the external pressure on the Belarusian leadership and attempts to destabilize the situation in the country."

“In the name of ‘protecting freedom and promoting democracy' the West has launched the process of economic strangulation of Belarus by upping up the sanctions pressure and squeezing Belarusian enterprises from foreign markets. NATO has significantly expanded its military and political presence in Belarus' neighboring countries to the west. It has not come to direct confrontation yet, primarily thanks to the powerful defense complex, developed as part of the Belarus-Russia Union State, which is able to push back any aggressor. There is no doubt, however, that they have launched a full-scale hybrid war against our countries,” the speaker of the lower house of parliament stressed.

Vladimir Andreichenko is confident that an intensive dialogue between the heads of state and government on ways to deepen strategic partnership and further develop the Union State will be a worthy response to both external and internal opponents of the Union State.

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