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01 July 2022, 11:50

Belarus MFA: Finland, Sweden joining NATO is ‘strategic mistake'

Anatoly Glaz. File photo
Anatoly Glaz. File photo

MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) - NATO's expansion is its strategic mistake, reads a statement for the press by Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, posted on the MFA's website, BelTA has learned.

"The position of the Republic of Belarus regarding the expansion of NATO remains unchanged, regardless of the direction this process is going: eastward, southward or westward. The expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance, which ceased to be a defensive alliance after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, is a strategic mistake since it undermines the principle of indivisibility of security and leads to the emergence of new dividing lines on the European continent, to the growth of military-political tensions," Anatoly Glaz emphasized.

National, regional and global security should be strengthened not through the build-up of NATO's military potential but through bilateral and multilateral arms control mechanisms and confidence-building measures, through an equal and mutually respectful dialogue aimed at eliminating disagreements, reducing risks and preventing the growth of confrontation in the military sphere. "The Republic of Belarus remains open to such interaction," Anatoly Glaz emphasized.

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