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08 June 2023, 10:13

Opinion: Voting for UNSC non-permanent members showed West's double standards and hypocrisy

MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) - The election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council demonstrated the double standards and hypocrisy of Western countries, Chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic Sergei Rachkov said in a new episode of the V Teme [On Point] project on BelTA's YouTube channel.

"The voting for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council showed the double standards and hypocrisy in the policies of Western countries. We put forward our candidacy back in 2007 by agreement in the Eastern European group. At that time, that group of 24 countries actually had a schedule for joining the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. For 15 years there was no competition, everything was fine and Belarus should have been automatically elected to the UN Security Council," Sergei Rachkov said.

After the 2020 events in Belarus, Western countries decided to nominate Slovenia as a competitor to Belarus. "All agreements were violated. Though they were gentlemen's agreements, but sometimes they are stronger than signed contracts. They did it to prevent Belarus from joining the UN Security Council. This is despite the great contributions that our country made to regional stability and security from 2017 to 2019, which was recognized by everyone, verbally or otherwise. Belarus was, indeed, a donor of regional security," the senator stressed.

Belarus hosted more than three major international conferences under the auspices of the UN and the OSCE. "We hosted prominent experts and politicians. The Belarusian president made analyses and forecasts, which came true 100% with regard to Ukraine. He warned about such a development of the situation if world and European politicians were to ignore the statements that were made in Minsk," Sergei Rachkov concluded.

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