On 26 November 2019, the Chairperson of the Standing Commission of the House of Representatives on International Affairs, Valery Voronetsky, participated in a panel discussion on the problems of European Neighborhood Policy within the framework of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum.
The main attention was paid to the discussion of the EU initiative Eastern partnership and its impact on stability and security in the region.
Answering the moderator’s question about Belarus’ vision of its role in helping to reduce tensions in the Eastern European region in the context of the confrontation between the West and Russia, Valery Voronetsky singled out the essentiality of our country’s participation in the process. He noted that while maintaining mutually respectful and pragmatic relations with all our neighbors, primarily with Russia and the EU, Belarus as a sovereign and independent state really makes an important contribution to strengthening peace and stability in the region, promotes dialogue and mutual understanding between the main players. Valery Voronetsky stressed that when elaborating strategic goals for development and cooperation, first of all by the countries of the region, a responsible approach is important, the one that is based on the principle of mutual consideration of interests.
The Belarusian parliamentarian also voiced an opinion that finally, both the EU and Russia are interested in making the region of Eastern Europe prosperous, stable and safe, and not a zone of conflict and geopolitical confrontation. This would contribute to the consolidation of greater Europe and increase its competitiveness. Valery Voronetsky said: «Under the circumstances, the role of the Republic of Belarus as an independent and sovereign state, as a stability and security donor in the region will obviously increase».