MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) – It would be advisable for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states to coordinate actions against Western sanctions and Western interference in domestic affairs of other countries. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko made the statement at a videoconference session of the SCO Heads of Government Council on 25 November, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko noted that Belarus shares the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's approach to counteracting protectionism and trade wars, which slow down world development. “Behind slogans of our Western partners about the need to fight autocracy and promote liberal democratic values we see the old colonial thinking. It reflects their intention to remove competitors from premium markets, ignore historical and national peculiarities of other countries, and cold geopolitical calculations meant to preserve the political and economic domination of the West,” he said.
Roman Golovchenko went on saying: “A full-scale hybrid war from all directions has been launched against Belarus. Western countries have enforced four packages of sanctions, including economic ones. More restrictions are being contemplated. The migrant crisis the European Union has provoked at Belarus' border with the European Union is the reason for that. The goal of our opponents is obvious: they don't want the migrants and refugees, who are victims of the malignant policy of mindless enforcement of so-called democracy, to enter Europe. This policy has led to exhausting domestic political conflicts and interethnic conflicts, the destruction of economy and social infrastructure of the once trouble-free countries and to the draining of their natural resources.”
Roman Golovchenko pointed out that a number of other Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries are facing such approaches in one form or another. “In order to counteract these negative phenomena, it would be advisable for the entire Shanghai Cooperation Organization family to coordinate their actions against any manifestations of diktat, unilateral restrictive measures, and interference in domestic affairs of other countries under the pretense of ensuring democracy and human rights,” the prime minister of Belarus concluded.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an international organization, which was established in 2001. Belarus is an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.