MINSK, 6 October (BelTA) – Dialogue is inevitable if we do not want the world to cease to exist, 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 V Teme [On Point] project on BelTA's YouTube channel.
“The president is well aware that any conflicts end sooner or later. That's a given. The world history suggests that conflicts always end with negotiations. The only question is when and at what cost. We do not want the world to pay a very high price for it. And when we speak about openness, this does not mean that when we are hit on one cheek, we will turn the other cheek. Over the two years of the sanctions, we have passed a huge number of bills and recalibrated our political system to be able to adequately respond to all kinds of challenges. At the same time, we have always emphasized that we are open to dialogue. If there is a dialogue between Europe and Russia, there will be a dialogue with the United States. It is inevitable if we do not want the world to simply cease to exist. There will be a dialogue between Belarus and Europe, too. The most surprising thing is that it is already happening,” Oleg Gaidukevich said.
The MP added: “The president does not want the world to pay dearly for this. Therefore, we will always leave the door open. And those who are unwilling to do it are not politicians, as they do not understand that others will kick the door open and will resolve all issues without their participation. And we will not allow such a situation, because we are a sovereign state. And our president has proved this more than once.”
“Our president meets with people who are important for promoting the national interests of our country. This is about sovereignty, independence. At the same time, a neighboring country ended up in a situation when some official from the U.S. Department of State can call the president of this country and say who to appoint the attorney general or to some other position. This is a loss of sovereignty, hence the war. Had Ukraine been sovereign, there would have been no war, no 2014, no events in Donbass and Lugansk, nothing that is happening now. That is why we have always fought and will continue to fight for a sovereign state,” Oleg Gaidukevich added.