MINSK, 19 September (BelTA) – The international situation remains very difficult, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said at a meeting of the Council of the House of Representatives, BelTA has learned.
“As you know, the international situation remains very complicated. In the current situation, delegations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus cannot continue their normal work in the parliamentary structure of the Central European Initiative, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and the Nordic Council. Belarus' participation in the aforementioned organizations is blocked under a fictitious pretext of supporting aggression in Ukraine,” Vladimir Andreichenko said. “We have also seen attempts to cast a shadow on our country at the assemblies of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.”
The Western sanctions against parliamentarians made it impossible for the Belarusian delegation to participate in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's 29th Annual Session in Birmingham in July. “Of course, this does not mean that we are suspending our contacts. As the head of state noted at the Council of Ministers meeting on economic operation amidst sanctions on 9 August this year, the European Union is our closest neighbor. Therefore, we need to work not only with parliamentarians and parliamentary associations of friendly countries, but also with Western partners, ensuring international cooperation on important issues for our country. And all attempts to discredit Belarus must be challenged in a timely and correct manner. To do this, we need to respond to the ongoing developments in the world, including by passing addresses and statements,” the speaker stressed.
“In addition, we need to make the most of our reputation at international platforms and take the necessary steps to consistently reaffirm the status of our country as a peaceful state that seeks to build trust and promote major international initiatives,” Vladimir Andreichenko added.