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24 February 2023, 14:34

Belarus' MP condemns provocations at OSCE PA meeting

Andrei Savinykh. An archive photo
Andrei Savinykh. An archive photo

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – Belarus is not interested in the escalation of conflicts and will not succumb to cheap tricks, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Andrei Savinykh told BelTA commenting on provocations by the Ukrainian delegation during his speech at the meeting of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna.

“Emotions are running high at the meeting. A number of delegations are not acting in the way parliamentarians are supposed to. More than that, their actions run afoul of the generally accepted principles of conduct in public places. Unfortunately, this is a new reality. Such a behavior is instigated by the countries of the collective West and their satellites. Nevertheless, we do not fall for provocations and we act in a rational way trying to convey our message. Belarus is not interested in escalating conflicts and will not succumb to cheap tricks,” Andrei Savinykh said.

Andrei Savinykh leads the Belarusian parliamentary delegation at the OSCE PA Winter Meeting in Vienna. On 23 February, the Belarusian delegation took part in Day 1 events of the OSCE PA Winter Meeting: a Joint Session of the three General Committees, as well as meetings of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security, the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment and the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. Despite the provocations of the Ukrainian delegation, Andrei Savinykh was able to speak at the meeting of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security.

“I am convinced that the voice of Belarus is heard by all the participants in this meeting. Another question is that they pretend not to understand our point. I see the dynamics in the balance of power. The U.S. and UK delegations are churning out absolutely rabid, harsh accusations. Their proponents - delegations of small countries like the Baltic states, Sweden, and so on – are also active. The old Europe in many ways demonstrates a restrained position. It is clear that they do not like it, but they are deprived of freedom of action. It becomes completely obvious,” Andrei Savinykh said.

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