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10 Jun 2018

Lukashenko: SCO should help common sense prevail in interstate relations

Lukashenko: SCO should help common sense prevail in interstate relations

QINGDAO, 10 June (BelTA) – Belarus believes that the SCO should make a meaningful contribution to helping common sense prevail in interstate relations, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Qingdao on 10 June, BelTA has learnt.

The Belarusian head of state noted that against the backdrop of ongoing global geopolitical and economic transformations, disagreements between states are getting increasingly tense. Uncertainty has become a new ‘normality’.

“Hostility and confrontation lead to the escalation of tensions; serious conflicts may emerge leading to unpredictable consequences. Against this backdrop, Belarus sees in the SCO an organization that should make a considerable contribution to maintaining multilateral security, protecting international rules and regulations, and ensuring the supremacy of common sense in interstate relations,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president noted that the new waves of protectionism in global trade directly or indirectly affect virtually all the countries participating in the SCO Summit. This situation threatens to push countries into trade wars. 

“Therefore it is absolutely relevant to adopt joint measures in order to strengthen the global trade system by taking advantage of the economic opportunities offered by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” the Belarusian leader added.

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