MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – In today's world, coercion and the use of sanctions against ‘disobedient' countries are becoming increasingly widespread, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the 6th meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the member states of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Nur-Sultan on 12 October, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The pandemic has exposed the issues of the modern civilization and created a new geopolitical reality. Manifestations of bloc mentality and national egoism, xenophobia, selfish disregard for international law - these are the sad realities our planet has faced,” the foreign minister stated.
Vladimir Makei went on saying: “In today's world, coercion and the use of sanctions against ‘disobedient' countries are becoming increasingly widespread. Under the guise of high-sounding slogans about the protection of human rights, external forces tried to implement their own geopolitical projects in our country, change the balance of power in the region in their favor, create another center of instability at the geopolitical junction of the interests of the West and the East.”
“However, they have failed and they will never succeed. Iraq and Libya, Syria and Afghanistan convincingly show that neo-colonial methods in foreign policy only wreak havoc and destruction, bring misery and suffering to entire nations, and result in a surge in refugees and migrants who flee to wealthy Europe,” the foreign minister said.