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04 July 2022, 16:26

Belarusian delegation denied visas, unable to participate in OSCE PA summer session

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

MINSK, 4 July (BelTA) – Chairman of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Savinykh made a few comments about the situation regarding the non-participation of a Belarusian parliament delegation in the 29th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) in Birmingham, UK on 2-6 July, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Savinykh said: “The Belarusian delegation has been denied the visas necessary to participate in the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. We knew the session would proceed amid a complicated political situation. We were ready for criticism and a rather harsh exchange of opinions. Nevertheless, even that is now impossible. We applied for visas in accordance with requirements of the British side and on time. We were denied visas on far-fetched and hypocritical grounds. It indicates rather serious processes are going on in the world and in international relations under the influence of the collective West. We see that they reject an honest and open dialogue. They reject an exchange of opinions and destroy all the traditions of parliamentary democracy and parliamentary interaction. They essentially eradicate nonconformity and create a uniform choir of so-called likeminded fellows.”

In his words, these are very serious processes which once again confirm the Belarus president's correct statements that the West has already started a total war against Russia and Belarus. “And against the rest of the world. It can be considered as a confirmation of the fact that the global world, which they created and have been building for the last 30-40 years, is falling apart. As a result, they are abandoning the principles they believed to be unshakeable in the past. Those include not only free exchange of opinions but also supremacy of the law, inviolability of property rights, and many other things. It indicates that this world was created on an unfair foundation and in these conditions we definitely understand the futility of calls for resuming negotiations, for pursuing a balanced foreign policy, conducting a wise dialogue that takes into account interests of other countries. We understand perfectly that it won't happen today. This is why we are going to channel our efforts primarily into consolidation and clarification of positions of our countries, allied states. Those are the Russian Federation, the Collective Security Treaty Organization states, and the rest of the world,” the MP said.

“Last week a Belarusian delegation took part in the creation of the parliamentary dimension of the Non-Aligned Movement. It will unite dozens of countries. Those are countries that would like to create a fairer world for everyone where every state will have the right to normal development, the right to choose their own way of development, which will be fair with regard to all countries, including the Republic of Belarus,” Andrei Savinykh added.

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