Minsk proposes Russia-U.S.-EU-China summit

Minsk proposes that Russia, the United States, the European Union and China hold a summit to discuss the reasons for the current crisis in international relations, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said Thursday, speaking at the 23rd meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, Germany.

“A meeting of the leaders of Russia, the United States, the EU and China with a view to honestly exchanging opinions on the root causes of the crisis in international relations has become imminent,” Mr. Makey said, according of the press office of the Belarusian foreign ministry.

“It is essential to give rise to comprehension of the new rules of evolving multipolarity with unconditional respect for the interests of one another; to engage the international expert community, if necessary,” Mr. Makey said.

“Belarus is ready to organize and host relevant meetings in Minsk,” he added.

“More than 40 years ago the Helsinki process was required to defuse tension between the West and the East,” Mr. Makey said. “In the course of that process the principles of peaceful co-operation of states in bipolar world were worked out. The current situation, unfortunately, resembles very much the ‘pre-Helsinki’ period. The estrangement between the West and Russia is increasing. The prospect of a new cold war is becoming more clear and sharp.”

“Against the backdrop of a confidence crisis and increased confrontation, regional conflicts pose even greater threat,” Mr. Makey said. “The key purpose of the OSCE is to resolve and prevent such conflicts.”

“Our Organization proved its relevance by its engagement in conflict resolution in Ukraine,” he said. “Belarus strongly supports the activity of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. We stand ready to do our best in future so that peace and calm are restored in fraternal Ukraine.”