MINSK, 20 June (BelTA) – The West should not be allowed to silence our voice on international parliamentary platforms, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said at the 62nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State, BelTA has learned.
“We are facing serious tasks – we should defend our common positions in the international arena. We see how the collective West is trying to squeeze us out of international parliamentary platforms, to drown out our voice in every possible way. Their diplomacy today comes down to the well-known principle: whoever is not with us is against us,” Vladimir Andreichenko said. “This state of affairs, of course, causes concern not only among us, but also among many countries that are pursuing an independent peaceful policy,” he said.
It is necessary to lay bare the absurdity of the sanctions, respond to openly hostile attacks and provocations, promote cooperation with those countries that stick to the principles of equality and mutual understanding, the speaker noted.
“Simultaneously, it is necessary to use the opportunities of inter-parliamentary platforms to promote the economic interests of Belarus and Russia. The Parliamentary Assembly and our commissions should focus on strengthening ties with the largest economies like China, India, Southeast Asian countries, and make the most of cooperation opportunities with the Middle East, Africa, Latin America,” Vladimir Andreichenko added.
The session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State is running in Minsk on 20 June. The Union State parliamentarians will discuss efforts to counter external challenges and threats, sanctions, promulgation of Nazism, and efforts to protect historical memory. The Parliamentary Assembly will approve the new memberships of the commissions and elect their chairpersons.
Plans are in place to vest the commissions with the functions of legislative support to ensure the execution of the Union State programs approved by Decree No. 6 "On the major guidelines to implement the Union State Treaty for 2021-2023" of the Supreme State Council of the Union State on 4 November 2021.