MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) - Belarus is a sovereign country and will decide on its future itself, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said as he met with Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko in Minsk on 2 December, BelTA has learned.
“Today we are facing challenges: double standards, a stream of lies. The purpose of all these steps is to weaken Belarus and Russia. We know what happened to Libya and Iraq. With regards the situation with refugees in Belarus, we see double standards. When the country that considers itself democratic upholding rights and freedoms uses prohibited health-damaging methods to prevent migrants from entering the territory of Poland, we cannot stand aside and assume that it is Belarus' problems only. This is the problem of the entire European community. In this regard, we need common principles, we need to develop them,” said Vyacheslav Volodin.
According to the chairman of the State Duma, interference in the affairs of sovereign states is unacceptable. “Belarus is a sovereign country. The people of Belarus, not the EU, will decide who will be the president, who will be an MP, and how life will be arranged here. We advocate uniform approaches. We want them not only in relation to the current situation, but we also in regard to other European countries. However, when it comes to Belarus and Russia, everyone wants to interfere, to impose their own rules. This is inadmissible,” he said.