MINSK, 2 June (BelTA) – One can get an impression that many rallies staged during the ongoing presidential election campaign are masterminded from abroad and seek to hold sway on Belarus' domestic and foreign policy, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh told BelTA.
The MP commented on the developments around the signature collection to nominate presidential candidates. “Sometimes you get an impression that many things are directed by external players, centers of power that would like to have influence over the domestic and foreign policy of Belarus to promote their interests. No country of the world can let it happen. Therefore, such attempts will certainly be thwarted,” Andrei Savinykh said.
Belarus is a young state, albeit with a great history. Many state traditions, including democratic and social ones, are taking shape in the country now. “Their history is as young as 30 years. The formation of such social traditions takes time and is possible only if all participants to this process act correctly and work for consolidation of society rather than its disengagement,” the MP stressed.
“If this condition is not met, we see a great number of small conflicts and no positive progress. The society degrades in its ability to work together for the benefit of the country as a whole. These trends should never be allowed,” Andrei Savinykh added.
Some experts draw parallels between the events in Belarus and the United States which is seeing riots and pogroms. The country has imposed curfews in cities, President Donald Trump has declared readiness to deploy the army. Andrei Savinykh believes that the analogy can be drawn only in terms of the need to stop radical actions that threaten the lives and property of civilians. “Events in Belarus and the United States coincide in time, but, in fact, are fundamentally different. What is happening in the United States is a conflict between different social groups that find it difficult to find a peaceful solution. I think that these contradictions, including racial ones, are being exploited by various groups of the U.S. establishment that are currently engaged in very fierce opposition. Peace between them is very unlikely. Someone will have to leave. And this greatly aggravates the situation,” the MP believes.