🇧🇾📞🇵🇰| @SMQureshiPTI поблагодарил белорусскую сторону за содействие в организации переговорного процесса, направленного на скорейшее прекращение боевых действий в Украине
— МИД Беларуси 🇧🇾 (@BelarusMID) March 15, 2022
Talks in the Conversation
In the telephone conversation, Foreign ministers of both counties discussed the latest situation in Ukraine. Likewise, the two ministers paid special focus on the solution of Humanitarian issues in the Ukraine Russia war.
Moreover, Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the Belarus side for making the efforts and assistance for organizing the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.
Besides Ukraine, Foreign Minister Qureshi and Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey also talked about Pakistan-Belarusian cooperation. Further, they exchanged views on the development of economic cooperation and bilateral contacts between the two countries.
Ukraine Crisis; An Overview
Russia and Ukraine have captured the entire world’s attention since 24th February. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the behest of its Security Council that convened a day before.
Prior to this, a day before, Russia also recognized the Republics of the Luhansk and Donetsk, much to the West’s chagrin. The Donetsk and Luhansk are a part of the Donbas region that is pro-Russia territory.
Recently, Western countries had been alleging Russia about troops’ deployment on the border of Ukraine. However, Russia had been denying the allegations by claiming that it has no intention to invade Ukraine.
One of the main issues of contention between Russia and the EU/US is NATO’s beefed-up defences in northeastern Europe and Ukraine’s intent to join NATO. Russian and Western counterparts held a series of negotiations to avert escalation. Though, that indelibly failed.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s stance regarding Ukraine is a matter of principle. In this context, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that if attempts to come to terms on mutually acceptable principles fail, Russia will adopt an appropriate response.
Contrarily, the Ukrainian authorities had been alerting the world about a possible invasion. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Russia and the West engaged in a diplomatic tussle related to Ukraine.
Likewise, the West kept accusing Russia of a military buildup on the border of Ukraine. Whilst Russia kept objecting to NATO’s expansionist agenda that is considered a threat to its strategic security.
Consequently, tensions escalated between the two countries and led to strained bilateral relations. Moreover, despite the United States and EU sending strong messages to warn Russia, the threat of economic isolation couldn’t deter Russia to compromise on what it considers its national interest.