Belarus may withdraw its application to join the Council of Europe, said Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz, APA reports citing BelTA.
According to him, this is not the same organization that Belarus wanted to join 30 years ago. The processing of the membership request filed by the Republic of Belarus was frozen by the Council of Europe back in the 1990s. Nevertheless, a lot has been done over this time to build mutually beneficial relations between Belarus and the Council of Europe, a number of mutually beneficial projects have been implemented.
"There is an understanding that the Council of Europe is doing everything to completely discredit itself in the eyes of ordinary people, including Belarusians,” the spokesman said.
“If the Council of Europe and the West continue their destructive policy towards the Belarusian state, the Republic of Belarus will withdraw its application to join this organization and will continue to review the remaining formats of relations with the Council of Europe,” Anatoly Glaz said.