“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
Leonid Eduardoviсh said.
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.