Leonid Slutskiy: discussion on the situation in Belarus at PACE was politicized

Today, the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy discussed the current situation in Belarus, as said the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs
Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutskiy
Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutskiy

“The discussion was quite politicized, with elements of direct interference in the internal affairs of Belarus. How else can we interpret the calls of our PACE colleagues to hold new elections and their advice to change the national legislation?” he said.

According to the parliamentarian, paradoxically, the accusations of interference were made against Russia. “I had to explain that the Russian side does not infringe on the sovereignty of Belarus, and Moscow is ready to provide assistance to Minsk according to the direct obligations within the framework of the Union State,” Leonid Slutskiy Slutskiy Leonid Eduardoviсh Slutskiy
Leonid Eduardoviсh

The Chairman of the Committee also noted the speech of the former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who was supported only by approximately 10% of the voters. “It was a tough presentation with the expected set of propositions and calls for pressure on the Belarusian authorities”, he stressed.

“Once again, we drew attention to the need to stop applying double standards to Minsk. We hope that the cooperation between the National Assembly of Belarus and PACE will help to understand the true situation, which, in fact, is not even remotely close to that described by Ms. Tikhanovskaya,” concluded Leonid Slutskiy.