MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – Belarus has been doing everything to reduce the degree of tension in Europe. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the statement while talking about Belarus' Helsinki 2 initiative in an interview with the TV channel Al Arabiya, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko said: “In turn, we are trying to do everything to reduce the degree of tension. The West didn't notice it, didn't want to notice but Belarus was one of the first countries to raise the matter of the need to set up a new integrated European security system at all international platforms. Back then we foresaw roots of the conflict. We saw where the policy of the West would lead. We said everywhere: we need a new comprehensive European peace treaty to replace the Helsinki Accords, which regretfully have lapsed.”
In his words, back then it was obvious that European politicians should create a new system of checks and balances on the continent. “It was particularly topical when the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was terminated. It was probably the key event to undermine the foundations of international security. I believe that actions of the West, unfounded accusations targeting Russia were the reason. It catalyzed turbulent processes in Europe. We recognized the danger back then. We suggested holding a new conference and working out approaches to the system of European security. The suggestion fell on deaf ears,” Roman Golovchenko stated with regret.
According to the Belarusian head of government, the world is now on a very thin edge. “Right now very many factors resemble the events that preceded World War One and World War Two. A lot of countries are involved in this conflict, massive propaganda is in progress and fake information is released on a massive scale, there are mutual accusations of genocide and war crimes. Tensions are spiraling up. Massive shipments of Western weapons to Ukraine do not contribute to the peaceful resolution of this conflict. Those, who make such deliveries, cannot fail to recognize it. This is why the situation is intense and complicated. I hope that world leaders, primarily Western ones, will have enough presence of mind and wisdom not to push the world to the edge,” the official said.