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Lukashenko: Belarus seeks non-conflict and effective cooperation with other countries

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus is very much interested in non-conflict and effective cooperation with other countries, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he received the credentials from foreign ambassadors on 24 November, BelTA has learned.

The head of state stressed that Belarus, with its initiatives on the international arena, proved its ability to make a constructive contribution to the settlement of various problems.

“Given its complicated history and geopolitical position, Belarus is very much interested in non-conflict and effective cooperation with other countries, including the Western ones. At the same time, we certainly rule out any political and economic pressure. In dialogue with partners, Belarus adheres to the principles of openness, honesty and equality. As for any pressure on us, let alone sanctions, I say it honestly and openly: an adequate response will follow, and it will be more painful for the European community in the first place. We should not go this way,” the president said.

According to the head of state, increasingly fierce competition is seizing the global economy against the backdrop of the fight against the pandemic. “The global situation is rapidly changing and is often difficult to predict. The long-standing conflicts have not gone anywhere. In such difficult conditions all states strive to develop a strategy of effective counteraction to challenges and threats. As practice shows, it is much more productive to act together, and not the way the Western states do. They have recently declared that they allocate as much as €24 million for Belarus in these difficult conditions. They said, however, that the money will be used not for the fight against the pandemic, but for the development of ‘civil society' (this means support for those protest actions that are taking place in Belarus and support for the so-called opposition). Unfortunately, this money disappear on the way to Belarus and we know where it goes. These are various coordination councils set up outside our country as an alternative to the current leadership of Belarus, and also as assistance to those who fled to Poland and the Baltic States, to Lithuania in particular,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.