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16 August 2022, 17:24

Khrenin: Belarus calls for restoring bridges of trust between East and West

MOSCOW, 16 August (BelTA) - Belarus calls for restoring bridges of trust between the East and the West, and offers Minsk as an open platform for such interaction, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said as he addressed the tenth edition of the Moscow Conference on International Security in the Russian capital on 16 August, BelTA has learned.

“Unfortunately, there are not a lot of reasons to be optimistic: the world cannot find a basis and points of contact between the states to start a progressive withdrawal from the global proxy war. The reason for this is the unwillingness of Western politicians to understand the obvious thing: the world has changed irreversibly and there will be no return to the past. Under these conditions, we see only one way out to normalize the situation: to continue to convey persistently and consistently the essence of what is happening to the sensible part of Western society. Our slogan remains the same: “Strength is in the Truth”,” said Viktor Khrenin.

He urged the peoples of Europe to wake up and look soberly into the future. “At the same time, Western governments and politico-military authorities must realize that it will not be possible to talk in the language of diktat with their opponents in the new reality. We are ready to defend our homeland with weapons in our hands. We still think that it is better to sit down at the negotiating table,” the minister stressed.

“Our proposals remain the same: they are to restore an effective security architecture in Europe. Belarus is a small country, but Belarusians are ready to do their part to pull the world away from the abyss of a major war, in which there will be no winner. We stand for the restoration of bridges of trust, and Minsk platform is open for such interaction,” said Viktor Khrenin.

The Moscow security forum has brought together more than 700 guests, including defense ministers, chiefs of general staff, delegations of the military departments, representatives of the expert community from different states, as well as representatives of international organizations. The conference focuses on global and regional stability, and various aspects of security in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

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