Walter Stevens: EU wants to open new chapter in relations with Belarus

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Walter Stevens: EU wants to open new chapter in relations with Belarus

The European Union countries want to open a new chapter in relations with Belarus, said Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union.

According to Belarus President 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 important role of Belarus in Europe.

Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union:
The European Union countries want to open a new chapter in relations with Belarus. Last year, we stepped up on a number of initiatives, including the political and trade-economic spheres. We would like to identify priorities which will be a new chapter in our partnership. In 2017, Belarus will hold the presidency in the Central European Initiative. This will be an opportunity to further develop the constructive cooperation.

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.