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29 July 2021, 13:31

MP: Belarus will not reduce contacts with Western parliaments

Andrei Savinykh. An archve photo
Andrei Savinykh. An archve photo

MINSK, 29 July (BelTA) - Belarusian MPs will not reduce contacts with the parliaments of Western states, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh told reporters.

The Council of the House of Representatives had a meeting on 29 July to consider the schedule of inter-parliamentary meetings in H2 2021.

"We are set to expand our dialogue with all groups on relations with the parliaments of foreign countries. We will not reduce contacts with the parliaments of Western states. But we will, first of all, focus our efforts n the interaction with those colleagues who are ready to listen, to hear us, who are ready to discuss the real situation in Belarus and our position," Andrei Savinykh said.

According to him, the MPs are also planning to expand contacts with the opposition parties that are represented in the parliaments of Western states and that do not share the position of the ruling parties in relation to Belarus. “According to our data, support for such parties ranges from 10% to 30% in different countries. This shows that tens of millions of people do not share the official position of the European Union on our country. We will also strengthen our work in other fields, in addition to the traditional areas of interaction. First of all we are talking about cooperation in education and science,” the MP said.

Andrei Savinykh added: “Today we see that the European institutions are not ready for the constructive assessment of the situation on the ground. Their position is politicized and lacks rationality and even common sense. One of the principles of the Belarusian foreign policy is to engage in a dialogue, however difficult it may be. We will continue this policy, hoping that sooner or later common sense and the principles of peaceful neighborly interaction will prevail, even in these difficult conditions.”

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