Belarus is increasingly seen as a pole of stability in the region, said Belarus President on November 21 as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus cannot face a choice between East and West. Belarus' foreign policy is consistent and predictable, he added.
This is the first time Minsk has hosted such a representative delegation of European officials. It is headed by Ambassador Walter Stevens. During the conversation, the President stressed the role of Belarus in Europe.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Belarus is increasingly perceived as a pole of stability in the region. And this is not surprising. Our country is the only one of the six participants of the Eastern Partnership Initiative that is not involved in military or frozen conflicts. I think this is very interesting for the European Union and is very profitable, it is very necessary. As immediate neighbors of the European Union with a common border of about 1,200km we are making a significant contribution to the fight against organized crime, illegal migration, and trafficking in human beings. Constructive initiatives on our part have contributed to the fact that Minsk has become, in fact, an ideal meeting place for the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. I am sure that in the present conditions, Belarus' worth as a stabilizing factor in Europe will only increase. I emphasize: Europe does need it very much. Europe can always take advantage of this fact.
Belarus has established itself as a sovereign state and conducts foreign, domestic policy very carefully. Our foreign policy is consistent and predictable. We are establishing mutually beneficial cooperation with many countries of the world. We appreciate equally the important strategic relations with Russia, China, and sustained interaction with the EU, the USA as well as the development of bilateral relations with the Middle East, Latin America, Central Asia and Africa. At the same time, we cannot face a choice between East and West.
The Political and Security Committee of the EU Council consists of representatives of all the EU countries. It is they who push foreign ministers and heads of state to adopt particular foreign political decisions.
During the current visit to Belarus, the EU representatives will get familiar with Belarus. They are studying the atmosphere in our country and the way Belarus intends to develop relations with the EU.
The EU is the second largest market for Belarusian exports and an important source of investment. Mutual trade turnover in the formative years of the independent Belarus has increased ten times and amounted to about $15 billion by the end of 2015.