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23 November 2020, 12:07

Belarus criticizes some neighboring countries for interfering in its internal affairs

Vladimir makei. An archive photo
Vladimir makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) – Some neighboring countries are taking concrete steps to explicitly interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview to the Belarus 1 TV channel on 17 November, BelTA has learned.

The minister stressed: "Concrete steps are being taken to interfere, explicitly in the internal affairs of Belarus. What do you call the specific instructions of the well-known Telegram-channels to sabotage the railways and so on, and so on."

"We have sent an appropriate request to Poland, especially since such things violate both the bilateral legal documents and a number of multilateral international legal documents," Vladimir Makei continued. "We will raise this topic at various international venues."

The minister stressed that Belarus is interested in living in peace, friendship and harmony with its neighbors. “We would like to have reliable transit through these states. We are interested in diversification of supplies, both imports and exports, through these countries. However if we see the our neighbors are unreliable, we will certainly take appropriate steps,” he said.

“If someone wants this region on fire, we will find a response to the initiators of such steps. We have a sufficient set of tools that will allow us to respond adequately to possible economic measures against Belarus. This is both practicability and prospects of our cooperation with the European Commission and the European Union on nuclear energy issues, on the common fight against illegal migration, against transboundary crime, drug smuggling and so on. We are working on a document in the customs sector, which includes a number of sensitive issues. We will take a look into a number of humanitarian programs run here by foreign states and non-governmental organizations, and a number of education programs,” the minister said.

The minister stated: “I would like to stress it once again that we would not like to resort to such measures. I hope that common sense will prevail and no one will be willing to build new Berlin walls in this situation.”

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