President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia


President: Belarus open to friendly dialogue with Russia

Coherent policies on the international stage. Alexander Lukashenko has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The sides have discussed the Belarusian-Russian relations, integration issues and the situation in the world. The head of state stressed the readiness to talk on any topic, because the dialogue with Russia is always confidential and friendly.

Alexander Lukashenko also emphasized the qualitative character of the interaction between the foreign ministries of the two countries. Belarusian-Russian contacts have a regular format on the bilateral basis and in the multilateral format.

Today's conversation of President Lukashenko with Mr Lavrov was a continuation of the communication of Belarus and Russia in Mogilev, which hosted last Thursday a meeting of the Belarus-Russia Union State Council of Ministers. Also, after that event, Alexander Lukashenko met informally with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev in his native village Alexandria.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Today, I would like us to talk openly about the future of our relations and the future of the Eurasian Economic Union in connection with the fact that on May 31 we are holding a corresponding meeting at the highest level. I would like to also hear your assessment on some international issues, especially on Ukraine and Syria. I would even ask you to brief me on some recent events so that we know how to coordinate and adjust our position on certain issues. At the same time, I think our minister communicated to you the issues we are worried about now. Maybe Russia is also concerned about them. At the same time, if you have some questions to me, I am ready to answer all of them, even those that may arise in the future. This is a useful conversation, a friendly conversation, I emphasize it: a friendly one. We always have this format of relations with you. This format is absolutely trustworthy and friendly. In this format, I am ready to discuss with you any questions.

Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:
We have a very busy agenda. In December, during your official visit to Moscow, you and Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement, in which a number of foreign policy issues were raised. In February, at the Supreme State Council, we approved another program of coordinated actions in the field of foreign policy for 2016-17. So we are now busy fulfilling the instructions of the presidents. Especially since the international situation requires close coordination when it comes to European security and the issues you mentioned: the Ukrainian crisis, the Syrian crisis, the overall situation in the Middle East; our cooperation in the UN, OSCE, other international formats, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, where Belarus is now an observer. One of the topics we touched on during the talks yesterday and today is the need to prevent the glorification of Nazism, preserve the memory of the Second World War, the Great Patriotic War among our peoples and not allow some to rewrite the history.