Russia and Belarus: Experience of Shared History and Looking to the Future
March 12, 2019
On 12 March 2019 a round table on the topic Russia and Belarus: the Experience of Shared History and Looking to the Future was held at the Public Chamber of Russia. State Secretary of the Common State, Grigory Rapota, spoke on the topic: Russia-Belarus Relations and Experience in the Construction of the Common State.
Grigory Rapota noted that, despite the occasional obstacles that it faces from time to time, the Republic of Belarus is a reliable and loyal ally of Russia, and Russia-Belarus relations are actively developing in various fields.
“Speaking about the whole complex of Russia-Belarus relations in general, I would like to note, that such a great number of diverse connections, of course, cannot avoid contentions questions. It is important, however, that a constructive, mutually respectful dialogue is being conducted on controversial issues. There have been disagreements before, but the parties have always found mutually acceptable solutions”, he said.
Veronika Krasheninnikova, Director General of the Institute for Foreign Policy Research and Initiatives, spoke on the prospects for interaction between civil society in Russia and Belarus.
Director of the Center for Political Analysis and Information Security Svyatoslav Andrianov, addressing the audience, noted that, according to the information available to the Center, anti-Russian sentiments are increasing among the youth of Belarus.
“A goodly portion of the Belarusian youth aged under 35 is extremely critical towards Russia. National identity structure with no common history with Russia is being strengthened among the young. In my opinion, there is a danger that, concentrating on the issues of economic integration, we forget about such an important aspect as humanitarian integration. Nor should we overlook the importance of ideological work in towards Belarus, especially when apologists of the Western path of Belarus development actively promote the “heroic Litvin past”, emphasizing the common European identity”, Andrianov said.
Igor Borisov, Member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, shared his thoughts on the situation regarding the observance of human rights in the Common State.
The round table was chaired by Deputy Secretary of the Public Chamber of Russia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Sergey Ordzhonikidze.