On May 16, the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries held talks in the foreign ministry of Belarus.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues. Much attention was paid to the interaction between Moscow and Minsk and collaboration in the framework of the integration entities such as the Eurasian Economic Union, the CSTO and the CIS. Security issues were also talked over.
During the meeting, the counterparts exchanged views on the preservation of historical memory, resolution of the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts, support to disarmament initiatives and the increasing terrorist threats around the world.
The foreign ministers agreed to develop joint adequate measures to counter the terrorist threat.
In addition, Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov again noted the multi-vector foreign policy of both countries.
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:
In regard to the foreign policy orientation, our countries have a common position. We are in favor of the multi-vector nature. We want to amicably and productively cooperate with all countries that are willing to do so on the basis of equality and mutual convenience.
Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We still focus heavily on maximizing the potential of integration formats. When discussing the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union, we have once again confirmed that the two sides should strictly abide by the commitments. We stand for the development of contacts with third partners, with our external partners, but at the same time, of course, we must take into account the economic interests of all members of the Eurasian Union.