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4 Sep 2019

Belarus’ initiatives viewed as contribution to regional security

Belarus’ initiatives viewed as contribution to regional security
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MINSK, 4 September (BelTA) – Belarus’ initiatives are becoming a valuable contribution to strengthening security in the Eastern European region, State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas said in an interview to the Belarus 1 TV channel commenting on the outcome of the meeting of the heads of the Security Councils of the United States, Poland, Ukraine an Belarus in Warsaw, BelTA has learned.

According to Stanislav Zas, the Warsaw meeting took place in late August on the initiative of foreign counterparts. “It was a useful dialogue. First of all, we got an opportunity to voice our position on the current situation in our Eastern European region, the risks and threats we can see here,” he said.

According to the state secretary, foreign partners showed a big interest in the dialogue. “They wanted to listen to our assessment, our position and proposals. We are glad to see the striving for dialogue. We have common borders and shared history. This is important,” Stanislav Zas said.

One of the important topics for discussion was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. “Unfortunately, it ceases to exist. In this situation, it is important to understand what we should all do: Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles and others. Either we will simply be passive observers of this process, or we will generate some ideas and adjust our policy. Belarus reaffirms that it will not produce and deploy weapons of a similar class on its territory, and suggests other countries join in. I told my partners about it. This will be a good contribution to strengthening the security of our Eastern European region,” said the state secretary of the Security Council.

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