MINSK, 26 May (BelTA) – Today, under plausible human rights pretexts, we see an attempt to deprive Belarus of the sovereignty it earned a quarter of a century, a deliberate attack on our independence by Western countries, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the meeting in the Oval Hall of the Seat of Government on 26 May, BelTA has learned.
"Normal, from the point of view of common sense, interests of the West, its citizens and our citizens are sacrificed quickly and without hesitation for the sake of achieving a certain goal," the minister said.
He quoted former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton as saying just two weeks ago: "Ukraine and Belarus should be admitted to NATO in order to eliminate the ‘gray zone' that has arisen between Russia and the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. Belarus is the hardest challenge of all, with alliance membership inconceivable for quite some time. Yet however difficult it may be, the U.S. cannot leave Belarus to Moscow uncontested." These are the words of the retired official, who, incidentally, visited Belarus and is a mouthpiece of real sentiments in Washington and the West as a whole.
“This is not about human rights concerns, but about someone's specific interests. This is the diplomatic reality of our country for now,” Vladimir Makei added.
According to him, the country maintains constructive relations with the majority of its partners in various parts of the world, no matter how much the exiled enemies of independent Belarus want the opposite. “We have expressed our openness and readiness to solve any issues to our partners at various levels. However, no all want to listen to our arguments,” Vladimir Makei said.