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Russia, Belarus to Contribute to Formation of New Security Architecture - Statement

© Sputnik / Kristina Kormilitsyna / Go to the mediabankBelarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.06.2024
MINSK (Sputnik) - Minsk and Moscow are considering contributing to the formation of a new sustainable international security architecture, the parameters of which should be the rules of conflict-free coexistence, the joint statement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik, published on Monday, read.
"Minsk and Moscow consider promoting the formation of a new sustainable architecture of international security as one of the key foreign policy objectives... The parameters of such a system should be the product of open and inclusive negotiations on the rules of conflict-free coexistence based on the principles of equality and indivisibility of security, as well as recognition of the realities of multipolarity and mandatory mutual consideration of the interests of all parties involved," the document read.
Russia and Belarus condemn West's actions to escalate the situation in Europe, the joint statement read.

"We strongly condemn the actions of Western states aimed at escalating the military-political situation in Europe. We confirm our readiness for a political and diplomatic settlement of the Ukrainian crisis on the basis of full consideration of the interests of Belarus and Russia. Bulks of weapons supplied by the EU and NATO countries are used by Kiev to destroy civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure, commit terrorist attacks on the Russian territory," the statement said.

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In addition, Minsk and Moscow are in favor of promoting the initiatives in UN aimed at countering sanctions as a way of political blackmail, the joint statement said.
The two countries are also seeking to improve the Collective Security Treaty Organization's (CSTO) foreign policy coordination and promoting the organization's observer and partner status.
"We are aimed at further improving foreign policy coordination within the Organization, expanding its interaction with other international organizations, as well as actively promoting the status of an observer and partner of the CSTO," the ministers' joint statement read.
Minsk and Moscow are making efforts to improve the mechanisms to counter new threats to the security of CIS countries, the statement said.

"We are making efforts to improve mechanisms for jointly countering traditional and new challenges and threats to the security of the CIS member states in the face of unprecedented levels of international tension," it read.

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