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16 March 2023, 12:12

EP resolution on Belarus slammed as ‘blatant hypocrisy and double standards'

MINSK, 16 March (BelTA) - The Council of the House of Representatives adopted a statement in connection with the resolution adopted by the European Parliament, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

"The Council of the House of Representatives strongly condemns the European Parliament resolution on further repression against the people of Belarus, in particular the cases of Andrzej Poczobut and Ales Bialiatski,” the statement reads. “Despite its own systemic problems, the European Parliament continues to churn out resolutions on Belarus full of distorted facts and stereotyped and unfounded accusations with an aim to discredit the international image of our country. We consider it absolutely unacceptable for the European Parliament to identify all the people of Belarus with individual citizens who have committed crimes and who have been convicted in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus. The overwhelming majority of Belarusians support the government and its policy aimed at protecting the interests of citizens and ensuring stability, security and higher living standards.”

Belarusian MPs view the resolution as an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign and independent state. "Likewise, we view the calls to support the destructive forces in Belarus and abroad who aim to overthrow the legitimate government. The resolution demonstrates the hostile policy of the collective West that traditionally covers up its aggressive intentions with democracy and human rights slogans, the document emphasizes.

The European Parliament resolution once again demonstrates blatant hypocrisy and double standards, especially against the background of police violence during the recent and ongoing protests in EU countries against rapid deterioration of the socio-economic situation due to the negative impact of sanctions. These facts are ignored by MEPs whose main task is to represent and protect the interests of the citizens of their countries."

"We demand that the European Parliament stop calling for continued pressure and sanctions that contradict the international law and the interests of ordinary citizens. We also categorically oppose the calls of MEPs to limit the participation of Belarusian athletes in international competitions, including the Olympic Games and UEFA tournaments, which is contrary to the spirit of the Olympic movement. We are firmly convinced that all attempts to put pressure on Belarus are futile, and we call on European MPs to embark on an equal and mutually respectful dialogue," the document says.

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