Carpenter: The U.S. is concerned about Russia’s denial of Belarus’ existence as a state

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На русском языке: Карпентер: США обеспокоены отрицанием беларусской государственности со стороны России
На беларускай мове: Карпэнтэр: ЗША занепакоеныя адмаўленнем беларускай дзяржаўнасці з боку Расіі

During the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter spoke in defense of Belarus’ sovereignty and independence, as well as expressed concern about Russia’s attitude towards our country as its own territory.

«What Russia is trying to do today is quite simply to wipe out the sovereignty of an entire, independent nation [Ukraine].

And although we do not speak about it as often here, that is exactly what it is trying to do with independent Belarus as well. President Putin has made clear he views both nations as mere regions that “belong” to Russia,» the Ambassador said.

Carpenter recalled Putin’s article in which he «denied that these nations have separate histories, cultures, languages, and identities that are not Russian.»

«It also explains why Moscow has been busy forcing out local Belarusian journalists and replacing them with Russian propagandists.  Just because the Lukashenka regime cooperates with Russia doesn’t change the fact that the Kremlin’s playbook is similar [in Belarus]. In both countries, Russia uses similar tools – albeit sometimes slightly different – to assert its dominance,» Carpenter believes.

He also said that the U.S. strongly supports the sovereignty and independence of Belarus, which has a «proud history and its own rich culture as well.» 

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