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30 June 2022, 16:20

Makei, Lavrov condemn West's efforts to change balance of power in Europe

MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia, together with like-minded countries, are determined to continue to defend the UN-centric system of the world order, reads a joint statement passed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia. The document was signed in Minsk on 30 June, BelTA has learned.

“For a number of years, we have been witnessing how the Western countries and their satellites reject the realities of the multi-polar world and persistently try to impose their own vision of international relations under the pretext to establish some kind of “a rules-based order”. They completely disregard the principle of true multi-lateralism embodied in the UN Charter and undermine the principles of international law,” the statement reads.

The document emphasizes that Belarus and Russia, together with like-minded countries, intend to continue to defend the UN-centric world order, to help ease international tensions and to promote an equal, mutually respectful dialogue aimed at finding a fair balance of interests of all states.

Belarus and Russia expressed their deep concern over the worsening situation in the field of international and regional security due to the destructive activities of individual states and military and political alliances. The ministers drew attention to the increasingly serious challenges in this area, including the undermining of strategic stability, the destruction of the arms control architecture, and the provocation of an arms race.

“The actions of Western countries to change the existing balance of power in Europe, the unprecedented military buildup of the United States and its NATO allies since the end of the Cold War, the increase in their military training activity, the ongoing creation of the American global missile defense system and its European segment directly affect national interests of Belarus and Russia, pose a threat to peace, security and stability in the European region,” the foreign ministers noted.

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