MOSCOW, 14 October (BelTA) - The job of the United Nations is to maintain the international legal framework rather than interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova said at a briefing during the Eurasian Women's Forum on 14 October, as she commented on the UN funding of the protesters in Belarus, BelTA has learned.
“The goals and objectives of the UN are to maintain the international legal framework so that countries could build mutually respectful relations. Non-interference in each other's affairs, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and respect for the rights of peoples to their own lives in their own states are of crucial importance,” said Maria Zakharova.
Maria Zakharova added that Russia's position on the events in Belarus has been well known. “We condemned the events, made it clear without any possibility of reading our position differently. We condemned the attempts of a number of countries - it was really a collective effort to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state to foment illegal activities, contrary to the fundamental laws of this country,” she stressed.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the Russian position has been consistent. “It has nothing to do with the fact that Belarus is a part of the Union State. We, of course, have special relations with this country and with the people of Belarus. Our stance is principled: we treat all countries this way, this is our basic approach,” said Maria Zakharova.