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16 September 2020, 13:24

Belarus' MP explains symbolism of Red Army march to liberate Western Belarus in 1939

Sergei Klishevich. An archive photo
Sergei Klishevich. An archive photo

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – The liberation march of the Red Army that began on 17 September 1939 and resulted in the unification of Western Belarus and the BSSR is becoming symbolic in the light of ongoing developments, member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Sergei Klishevich said.

In his opinion, Poland's ruling party is actively and consistently reviving anti-Soviet, anti-Belarusian and anti-Russian ideas that were common in Poland in the interwar period. In particular, Poland openly suggests buffer geopolitical alliances modeled on the 1930s, in particular, an updated version of the Polish Intermarium project, which provides for the inclusion of Ukraine and Belarus in the Polish sphere of influence. This project has already been partially implemented in Ukraine where Poland unilaterally received a favorable trade regime, premium market niches, workforce from Ukraine, and a possibility to invite Ukrainian youth to study and work in Poland.

“Unfortunately, the current situation in Eastern Europe plays into the hands of aggressive Polish interests. Firstly, the United States is consistently trying to obstruct any rapprochement between European states and the Russian Federation. Secondly, the Americans are trying to foist their liquefied gas on Europe, to stop the Nord Stream 2 project and simultaneously push world oil prices down. All these efforts are strategically aimed against Russia. Of course, participation in a dramatic geopolitical confrontation gives rise to unhealthy trends within the Polish society as well. Today, the level of individual xenophobia in Poland is extremely high: after the Great Patriotic War Poland became an almost mono-ethnic and mono-confessional country. Specifically with regard to Belarus, we see that Poland, as a typical nationalist Eastern European state, is building its identity on historical trauma and pulls the past into the present, in other words, it views its entire policy through the prism of the struggle with the East,” Sergei Klishevich said.

However, the MP believes that the reliance on archaic gentry complexes will inevitably lead to an aggressive foreign policy, absolute rejection of internal compromises in a multi-ethnic society, the degradation and collapse of the state, as happened with Poland in the 1930s.

“Speaking about the revanchist plans for Belarus coming from some groups of people in Poland, I would like to emphasize that we did not abandon our loved ones back then and we will not give them up now,” Sergei Klishevich added.

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