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03 December 2021, 10:33

Belarus FM: Problems cannot be solved under pressure or coercion

Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 3 December (BelTA) - Belarus stands ready to welcome any honest steps that will contribute to defusing tension and restoring mutual trust in Europe, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he spoke at the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm, BelTA has learned.

The minister stressed that there are many problems in the region, including in Belarus. “However, they will not be solved under pressure or coercion. This is the logic of revolutionary confrontation. It was imposed on the Belarusian authorities in 2020. But we are not seeking confrontation,” Vladimir Makei said.

Belarus is ready for dialogue, both at home and abroad. “Constitutional reform in Belarus is a proof of this. It has united constructive forces of the society, including the opposition, in an inclusive process. Its goal is to modernize the state's political system, strengthen the mechanisms of checks and balances and increase resilience to modern challenges,” the minister said.

Despite unprecedented external pressure, Belarus is ready to further contribute to strengthening cooperation both on bilateral basis and within the OSCE. “We stand ready to welcome any honest steps that will add to defusing tension and restoring mutual trust in Europe. "To sum up, I would like to say that every one of us is right. Every one of us carries our own truth. The question is whether we will have enough wisdom to reconcile our individual truths,” the minister said.

“One would hope for the best. To do this, we must all understand that there is no such thing as hopeless situations – there are only inconvenient and unpleasant, but necessary decisions,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs concluded.

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