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Belarus, Russia encouraged to prevent deployment of medium-range, shorter-range missiles in Europe

Politics 18.11.2019 | 17:16
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 18 November (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia in association with Western partners have to prevent the emergence of medium-range and shorter-range missiles in Europe. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei made the statement during the joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian ministries of foreign affairs in Moscow on 18 November, BelTA has learned.

Vladimir Makei said: “I would like to dwell on one of the most alarming challenges of today – the situation around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Its dismantling has led to an increase in military and political tensions in various parts of the globe, including in Europe. In the current situation Belarus and Russia in association with Western partners should do their best to prevent the deployment of the relevant missiles on our continent.”

Vladimir Makei reminded that the initiative of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to develop a declaration of non-deployment of such missiles in Europe is in sync with the proposal of President of Russia Vladimir Putin to introduce a moratorium on these weapons in the region. “We expect that NATO also recognizes the need for a dialogue about the matter,” the diplomat stressed.

Vladimir Makei also noted that the steady trend towards destroying the modern architecture of international and European security is a determining factor of international relations now. “The reasons behind the process include a crisis of trust in relations between countries. It is inseparably linked to the erosion of existing tools of arms control and non-proliferation,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs is convinced.

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