MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia will continue fighting back against Western sanctions together, runs a joint statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between between Belarus and Russia signed by Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Minsk on 30 June, BelTA has learned.
The statement says that since the start of Russia's special military operation to protect the people of Donbass, the collective West has been increasing efforts to limit cooperation with the Belarusian and Russian official representatives in international organizations up to suspension of their membership and their exclusion from various international organizations and multilateral treaties, including industry-specific ones.
“The Ukrainian topic is widely exploited across all international platforms without exception, without regard to the profile of the organization and the consequences of the ultimatums put forward by the West to Belarus and Russia. The growing sanctions policy of the West against the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation is aimed at the maximum damage to our states and economies, as well as the rights of the citizens of Belarus and Russia. These unprecedentedly harsh sanctions are not limited to financial and economic bans. They apply to sports, culture, tourism, education and contacts between people. An unprecedented information aggression has been unleashed against the two countries and the Union State,” the ministers stressed.
Belarus and Russia announced the continuation of consolidated efforts to fight back against the illegitimate sanctions decisions in international organizations and convince partners in multilateral mechanisms of the detrimental consequences of what is happening both for the principle of multilateralism and also in terms of damage to the social and economic development of individual states. “Our countries will enhance coordination at all levels, including through specialized agencies, in order to develop timely tactics and specific countermeasures,” the document says.