Belarus is in favor of a new legal framework for relations with the EU, which would take into account its obligations to the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belarus-Russia Union State. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus in Brussels. Vladimir Makei took part in the meeting of foreign ministers of EU member countries and the member countries of Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP).
Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Now we are guided by the agreement signed by the Soviet Union and the European Economic Community in 1989. The situation has now changed, the circumstances have changed and we need to adapt to the changed circumstances. It is necessary to create a new legal framework for normal interaction between Belarus and the European Union. But we believe that we should not thus break the commitments we have taken in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Belarus-Russia Union State and other integration structures.
The Belarus Foregin Minister also advocates for preserving the unity of the EaP and warned against new dividing lines in the region.
Also, the meeting participants discussed preparations for the next Eastern Partnership summit. It will take place in 2017.
Taking part in the Eastern Partnership program are the member states of the European Union as well as former Soviet republics Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.