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23 October 2020, 12:52

BISR: No strife between the society and the state in Belarus

MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) – It would be incorrect to picture the situation in Belarus as a strife between the society and the state. Deputy Director of the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research (BISR), Candidate of Political Sciences Tatiana Shendik shared her opinion with the newspaper SB. Belarus Segodnya, BelTA has learned.

The analyst noted: “Countries of the European Union and the USA are truly having problems with properly analyzing the situation in Belarus. It has been recognized by many experts during communication at the level of diplomacy of experts. Yet we have to admit that they can understand Belarusian processes much better now thanks to efforts of the Belarusian side. I should note Belarus' growing role at the regional level and the formats of regional expert interaction that have been worked out. However, the trend of rising quality and deeper analysis of Belarusian processes by experts has been broken.”

In her words, while relations between countries worsen, the relevant competences have not improved. “It is incorrect to picture the situation inside Belarus as a strife between the society and the state because a considerable part of the society is politically neutral and appreciates accomplishments of the current government. The European Union and some of the protesting Belarusians should understand and recognize the fact that there are other sides in addition to those they support. There is no doubt that a dialogue has to proceed on an equal footing. Interaction with European countries should be primarily based on the observance of fundamental principles of international law: sovereignty, territorial integrity, the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs of an independent country as well as the obligation of countries to cooperate in line with the UN Charter,” Tatiana Shendik concluded.

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