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24 May 2018

Small countries urged to play more active role in international politics

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) - Small and medium-sized states should not remain on the sidelines of the international politics, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said at the international forum “Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All” on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

“Due to the irreconcilability of positions of the major powers, small and medium-sized countries receive a unique opportunity to initiate proposals for dialogue and confidence-building measures. It is important to take advantage of this opportunity rather than play the role of extras or allies within military and political blocs such as NATO or the CSTO. It is necessary to break the monopoly of dialogue between large countries on these issues,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

NATO should take a more responsible position, the president added. “Many of the problems we have faced today were caused by the NATO expansion to the east. I have the right to say this, because it all happened in front on my eyes, the first President of Belarus,” the head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko also commented on the actions of some politicians which can have a negative impact on the situation in the world. “Watching the actions of some politicians of large states we try to understand their motives, first of all. It seems to me that some of them believe: ‘Today I say something, no matter what, and tomorrow it will all be gone’. The biggest mistake of these politicians is that after saying or doing something it is impossible to turn the clock back,” the president said.

“So before saying and taking seemingly small steps in one direction or another, we need to think what to say, and most importantly what to do. We need to understand that any such step could lead to consequences that could draw not only our countries but also other nations in the process unacceptable for the world,” he said.

“You are the experts. You are the people who form the views of politicians. You do not just have an influence on politicians or write speeches. You make the essence of the policy which the politicians and their countries pursue. It is time for you to think about how our planet will develop not only tomorrow but also in the longer term,” the head of state said.

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