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21 Nov 2018

FM: The world does not seem to understand the growing threat of a large military conflict

FM: The world does not seem to understand the growing threat of a large military conflict

MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) - There is a feeling that the world has not yet realized the growing threat of a large military conflict, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at a joint session of the board of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the collegium of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 21 November, BelTA has learned.

“Today it is difficult to disagree with the politicians and experts who draw alarming parallels between the phenomena of the present day and the start of the 20th century. However, despite a widespread declaration of the problem, there is a feeling in Belarus that the world does not seem to understand the growing threat of a big military conflict,” said Vladimir Makei.

In his words, the destruction of the fundamental agreements in international security continues, while military capabilities are further built up, including in Europe, close to Belarus. “We see much more talking about own interests, claims, and concerns than concrete steps towards changing the situation,” the diplomat said.

According to the minister, the central problem of modern world and regional politics is to ensure security in all its dimensions, overcome confrontation and a high degree of mistrust between countries. “This issue has become one of the determining factors of international relations in general and in the European region in particular. The matter was discussed at the recent meeting of the Munich Security Conference Core Group in Minsk. The Belarusian president also made a speech there,” said Vladimir Makei. The need to find answers to the growing tensions in the world was also highlighted by leaders of different states at the large-scale events held in Paris in November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including the peace forum.

The Belarusian minister of foreign affairs took note of similar fundamental approaches of Belarus and Russia on key issues on the disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control agenda. “We consistently support Russia in the international arena. Since 2015, Belarus has represented Russia’s interests in the Joint Consultative Group on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. We spoke with one voice against empowering the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to establish responsibility for the use of chemical weapons”, the diplomat said.

At the UN site, Belarus was the only state that managed to speak out in support of Russia's initiative to introduce a draft resolution on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “We have become co-authors of Russian draft resolutions of the First Committee on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space and on International Information Security,” said Vladimir Makei.

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