MINSK, 6 April (BelTA) - Some international organizations headquartered in the United States operate under the aegis of U.S. politicians, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Mongolia Dmitry Gorelik said in an interview with GoGo Mongolia, BelTA has learned.
According to the Belarusian ambassador, Western countries and Ukraine have recently attempted to exclude Russia and Belarus from international organizations, such as the UN and UNESCO, the WTO, IAEA, World Bank and IMF. International banks, in particular the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, have also stopped financing projects in Belarus and Russia.
“They say: “We will not cooperate with these countries anymore”. Why? Because someone in the West has decided so. This process is a road to nowhere. It voids the whole essence of the existence of international organizations. Any international organization is obliged to ensure equal rights and participation of all its members. However, some international organizations and economic agencies headquartered in the USA operate under the auspices of U.S. politicians,” Dmitry Gorelik said.
In his words, this is not the first time Belarus has been under the sanctions of the West and has been preparing for them. “Western countries believe that they have an exclusive right to impose political and economic sanctions on any country they want. We have been preparing for these sanctions for a long time. We held regular negotiations with Russia and other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and worked to mitigate their consequences,” the diplomat said.
According to Dmitry Gorelik, sanctions pressure some sectors of the economy, but there is nothing critical in them. “First of all, we have developed compensatory and protective mechanisms. Secondly, new opportunities open up to develop trade with other countries. Our country's interests do not end with the Western world. There are opportunities to expand economic ties with China, India, South America and African countries. That is why I do not think it will have a huge impact on our country's economy. Besides, lately Western sanctions have gone beyond comprehension, they have become meaningless,” the ambassador said.