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28 June 2022, 09:57

Opinion: Belarus' sovereignty is criticized by those who lost it

Oleg Gaidukevich. An archive photo
Oleg Gaidukevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – Belarus' sovereignty is criticized by those countries that lost their independence a long time ago, Oleg Gaidukevich, a member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus, told the STV TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“Since our country gained independence, we have been criticized for our determination to strengthen our sovereignty. All the sanctions that were introduced back in 1995 were imposed precisely because we defended our sovereignty,” Oleg Gaidukevich said. “We have chosen our own path - an alliance with Russia, thanks to which we preserve and strengthen our statehood,” he added.

When asked who criticizes Belarus the most, the MP answered: “Those who lost their sovereignty long ago.” “Who criticizes Belarus the most? The Baltics. What kind of sovereignty do the Baltic states have? Lithuania has lost sovereignty. They pass economic sanctions against Belarus to their detriment. They closed the Port of Klaipeda thus destroying their economy. They block freight traffic thus losing jobs. They are doing it not in the interests of their own people, not for their people who live there, but for Washington and Brussels,” Oleg Gaidukevich said.

He emphasized that Ukraine lost so much of its sovereignty that it cannot stop the conflict on its own territory. “If Zelensky wants to negotiate tomorrow, they won't let him do it. This is a loss of sovereignty. Yet, we are the one to be vilified… What we are in fact doing is strengthening our sovereignty,” he said.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has always made decisions in the interests of his people, this is the strength of the Belarusian state, Oleg Gaidukevich said. “We are not dependent on anyone. And the alliance with Russia is beneficial for us politically and economically. In this alliance, our statehood, on the contrary, is getting stronger, not weaker,” he added.

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