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12 August 2020, 09:51

MFA calls for dispassionate assessment of situation in Belarus

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus calls on foreign partners to look into the ongoing developments in Belarus in an objective and dispassionate manner, without making hasty statements, reads the statement of the ministry. BelTA posts the full text of the statement.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

In view of a series of statements made in European capitals, we would like to emphasize that we do care about the reaction of our foreign partners to the conduct and results of the presidential election in Belarus. Naturally, we are closely monitoring this reaction.

We appreciate statements showing support for the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Belarus. These principles are sacred for any state. They are particularly important for us today!

At the same time, it is absolutely unacceptable that a number of European officials issued such important political statements so fast, without trying to objectively examine and assess the situation. Certain strong conclusions at the high and highest levels are based on one-sided information and sheer untruth. In particular, it was claimed that one person died, and it was done without even basic information check. Even after it became clear to everyone that fortunately it was not true, the statements were not edited. Nevertheless, this fact prompted plans to take decisions that will determine the future of our relations with the EU.

At the same time, when a real death was reported, the tragedy was turned into a farce with all kinds of unthinkable explanations that a priori blamed the government.

Over 250 injured, barricades on the streets, attempts to storm administrative buildings… An attack on the staff of the Belarusian Embassy in London. Is it still a peaceful protest? What else should happen to make opinions become objective? Will there be enough political courage to see at least those who blatantly engage in provocations?

Before the election, we approached our partners for assistance informing them about direct interference from abroad. We repeatedly suggested that those who criticize us today, should come to grips with the situation together with us.

Instead, on the second day we heard calls to impose sanctions. How can we believe in the sincerity of your advice after that?

Indeed, we invited the OSCE/ODIHR later than usual. However, there were solid grounds for that and we notified you about it beforehand. We always invited election observation missions despite all critical findings. Why were you not so eager to come here this time? You had an opportunity to do it, albeit in a scaled-down way, like in other countries amidst the pandemic.

We suggested looking into the essence of and reasons for the ongoing developments in Belarus in an objective and emotionless way. We are ready to engage in a constructive and impartial dialogue on this matter with all foreign stakeholders. We are ready to provide strong evidence explaining the background of the current developments, including the interference from abroad.

We call on all foreign partners to adopt an even-handed approach and take into consideration all views. We do not mean to say that you should disregard your traditional sources of information and views. However, information will be more complete and professional if it takes into account official data and estimates of those who are responsible for the situation in the country.

We are addressing our counterparts, our neighbors. Do not make hasty and destabilizing statements. Support independence and sovereignty, show not only your commitment to your principles, but also responsibility.

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