Lukashenka: European security architecture in deep crisis
Mr. Lukashenka said that it was the worst security crisis experienced by Europe since the end of the Cold War. "Many independent and reputable sources have warned that the world has come close to the brink of a serious conflict," he said.
The head of state stressed that it was not by coincidence that Minsk was hosting the forum. "Here representatives of different countries and regions of the world can traditionally discuss absolutely any issues, even the most thorny ones, in a calm atmosphere of complete security," he said.
The importance of Minsk as a venue of international talks has been growing thanks to Belarus` multi-vector foreign policy and respect for foreign partners.
Noting that experts representing Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, the United States and China were attending the conference, Mr. Lukashenka said that it was evidence of the global scale of the issues under discussion.
"Many of you have been directly involved in developing decisions on overcoming challenges and threats facing many states," he said. "It is you who can give an answer as to how crisis situations on our planet may be resolved."
Mr. Lukashenka said that the forum was aimed at contributing to security dialogue between countries. "Any sensible person will confirm that there is nothing more important today than preserving peace and security its sustainable development," he said. "Therefore it is important to develop and present to politicians clear proposals as to how this can be done with consideration for the interests of all parties. It will be even better if your ideas influence the broad public consciousness."