Belarus is ready to cooperate with Uralkali, but if its interests are met, said the head of state March 9 discussing the activities of the Belarusian Potash Company.
The Russian side has repeatedly requested to re-start cooperation on the production and sale of fertilizers. Therefore, the management of Belarusian companies was instructed to study the options for collaboration. But, as Alexander Lukashenko remarked, in this case, it all should be fair and objective and only mutually beneficial compromises are necessary.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
You know the story, people remember it, when we had to take very strict measures against the former management and owners of Uralkali. We worked separately and they did too. Today they saw that it's complicated to work alone, especially since they saw that we were resilient. They now have new management which offers today go back to working together. I asked you to work with them on the options for collaboration. But now the interests of Belarus should be 100% observed. We are already fed up with this joint work, so if we work together, we will work from Belarus, by honestly agreeing on all the issues and acting this way. We're not going to make any concessions, but are willing to compromise. But these compromises should be mutually beneficial and lead to a win-win situation. Everything should be fair and objective. If we start working together, then we have to agree with them, sign the contract and act. If we see that our interests are not there, it is not necessary to go for it. We will work as we worked earlier.