MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – NATO's expansion to the East was the prologue to the special military operation in Ukraine, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh said at a meeting of the OSCE PA General Committee on Political Affairs and Security, BelTA has learned.
"I would like to state that the prologue to the special military operation in Ukraine was the eastward expansion of NATO, which was accompanied by the deployment of offensive weapons. Today, more than 30,000 NATO soldiers armed with offensive weapons are deployed close to the border of Belarus," Andrei Savinykh said. “Belarus remembers well NATO's massive bombing of peaceful Serbian cities. You have a very selective memory: You remember only what you want to remember. I am sure that such an approach will not facilitate the settlement that Chairman of the Austrian National Council Wolfgang Sobotka suggests thinking about."
"While making the statements about our region sliding into the unknown you should at least recognize that the Helsinki document has been methodically eroded for several decades," the Belarusian MP added. “How can we appeal to the Helsinki document if Western countries, primarily NATO countries, do not want to comply with its cornerstone related to security: You cannot ensure your own security at the expense of the security of your neighbor. I will also add that you cannot mask your aggressive plans with security considerations. Especially illogical is the idea put forward by the UK MP to exclude Belarus and Russia from the organization. Have you taken leave of the logic and fail to understand that the departure of these two countries will actually nullify the meaning of this organization? After all, you have the NATO headquarters for your get-togethers."
The Belarusian delegation is taking part in the OSCE PA meeting in Vienna. It is headed by Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh. Today, the Belarusian delegation is taking part in the events of the first day of the 22nd Winter Meeting: the joint session of the three general committees, and the meetings of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security, the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment and the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions.
Despite the provocations by the Ukrainian delegation, Andrei Savinykh managed to speak at the meeting of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security.