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26 February 2021, 09:01

FM compares West-Belarus relations to Orwell's novel

Vladimir Makei. An archive photo
Vladimir Makei. An archive photo

MINSK, 26 February (BelTA) - Some countries have arrogated the right to teach other states and control them, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview to the ONT TV channel on 25 February, BelTA has learned.

Head of the ONT TV channel Marat Markov said that there had been attempts to project George Orwell's novel 1984 onto Belarus today. “Where do you think the 1984 is today: in our country, Europe or America?” he asked the minister.

“In my opinion, we have 1984 all over the world. The “big brother is watching you” principle is now a feature of interstate relations all over the world,” said Vladimir Makei.

He also recalled another famous book Animal Farm by George Orwell. “There is ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' principle there. Today, if we apply this to the area of intergovernmental relations, some people think they are more equal than others and have taken for themselves the right to teach, to monitor and control everyone, to say what should be done and what should not, the right to be holier than the Pope. We can see it with regard to Belarus, Russia and a number of other states,” the Belarusian diplomat said.

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