DUSHANBE, 16 September (BelTA) - Western countries turn a blind eye to blatant violations of their own commitments to human rights, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the CSTO Collective Security Council summit in Dushanbe on 16 September, BelTA has learned.
“Western countries turn a blind eye to grave violations of their own commitments to human rights. During the last weeks alone, there have been incidents on the border with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, where people from Afghanistan and other countries, such as Iraq and Syria, have been brutally pushed back onto the territory of Belarus at gunpoint. I do not even mention the way they deal with their own people who come out and lawfully express their opinions, for example, with regard to the COVID-19 restrictions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
According to the president, the double standards used by the West are also evident in their active attempts to shut off from the migration problem with a fence on the western border of the CSTO. There is already talk about allocating hundreds of millions of US dollars for this purpose.
“This is an empty and unnecessary undertaking. But if we look deeper into this situation, we can talk about the creation of new dividing lines in Europe using barbed wire in the full sense of the word. In fact, instead of dialogue to solve urgent international problems, they are resorting to the primitive approaches of the Cold War era,” said the head of state.