MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – Western pressure on Belarus is unacceptable, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic Sergei Rachkov told a BelTA correspondent.
“During his speeches, the president gives very accurate assessments of the events taking place in the world. Unfortunately, these events also affect Belarus. We are still under very strong political, economic, diplomatic pressure of Western countries. This pressure is unacceptable, it runs afoul of international law and, in particular, the UN charter. Of course, the most dangerous developments are taking place in Ukraine now. We are neighbors, and this problem cannot but affect the Republic of Belarus. On the one hand, there are a lot of speculations, manipulations of information regarding the involvement of the Republic of Belarus in the events in Ukraine. Yet, the president made everything clear a very long time ago and continues to explain the position of the Republic of Belarus. Our position was also presented at the high rostrum of the UN General Assembly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei. This position is fully based on the analysis and data that are regularly communicated by the president of Belarus. In fact, there are talks about the use of nuclear weapons, but not by Russia. Russia says it has the National Security Concept that clearly spells out when these weapons can be used. Yet, the West is playing up this topic saying that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons,” Sergei Rachkov said.
The senator stressed that Western propagandists have been trying to drag Belarus into this topic lately. “Aleksandr Lukashenko voiced his position regarding the use of nuclear weapons. It was clearly stated that if such weapons are deployed in the countries adjacent to the Republic of Belarus, like Poland, then Belarus, of course, will act together with the Russian Federation, because we are in the Union State with Russia. We have adopted an updated Military Doctrine. In other words, we will respond to such possible developments together with the Russian Federation. Therefore, today it is very important to carry out consistent and active explanatory work, which our country is doing. Simultaneously, we need to strengthen your defense capacity,” the senator noted.
“The president responded to fabricated reports in the information space, blogs, social media regarding mobilization. We have defended and will continue to defend our country. Yet, no mobilization, no other extraordinary, emergency measures are expected. The Military Doctrine is being consistently implemented, our Armed Forces are being trained. We are doing this together with the Russian Federation, with our allies in the CSTO, with the People's Republic of China - with those who are interested in ensuring peace and security, but not war,” Sergei Rachkov stated.