CSTO disapproves of EU sanctions against Belarus
MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – The position of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on sanctions against Belarus is a signal to the European Union, which says that the EU should revise its policy on Belarus, as many countries oppose the sanctions. This statement was made by CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha at the 9th international conference of the CSTO on 12 April, BelTA has learnt.
“On the political level, each CSTO member state has already declared disapproval of the sanctions against Belarus. This is a signal to the European Union, which says that the EU should revise its policy on Belarus taking into consideration the negative position of many countries,” Nikolai Bordyuzha said. He noted that the CSTO member states believe that the sanctions are absolutely ungrounded. “On the one hand, the OSCE talks about the freedom of movement, on the other hand, it strips of this freedom over a hundred government officials, civil persons and businessmen who were banned from entering Europe. These two things contradict each other,” the CSTO Secretary General said.
Nikolai Bordyuzha emphasized the importance of parliamentary cooperation for the CSTO. He reminded that several years ago the CSTO member states adopted a joint stance in support of Belarus and virtually prevented lynching a Belarusian delegation at some international gathering. “This way our solidarity, especially within the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly, allows Belarus to protect its national interests,” he emphasized.
On 12 April Moscow hosted the ninth international interactive video conference “The Collective Security Treaty Organization – new, important factor of stability and security on Eurasian continent”. The conference was timed to the 20th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty and the 10th anniversary of the CSTO which will be marked on 15 May. Nikolai Bordyuzha presented a report. Taking part in the video conference were representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The participants discussed CSTO’s activities to maintain security and stability in the region, resolve disputes and challenge destructive powers and trends. Belarus was represented by Chairman of the Permanent Commission for National Security of the House of Representatives Ignaty Misuragin and Chairperson of the Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly Nina Mazai.