Bishkek is hosting the session of the Supreme Economic Council of the EEU and informal meeting of the leaders of the CSTO member states. The head of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, arrived to the capital of Kyrgyzstan to participate in the talks.
In the morning, Alexander Lukashenko held talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon.
The Belarusian leader expressed confidence that the countries will be able to advance their relations, despite the difficulties.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We did our best so that our ties with your beautiful country don't tear. I know it very well, in Soviet times, I visited Moldova several times. You had different governments, different presidents, but we tried to maintain relations. And I must say that despite all the difficulties (certain problems in transit, logistics, etc.), we gradually moved forward. I will not say that in recent years we have been active in the field of economy and that trade has been progressing.
But all the same, we've managed to maintain positive dynamism in this difficult time.
And we always (under Voronin, even then, and under Nicolae [Timofti], the previous president of Moldova) actively responded to all the requests of Moldova. We have one principle: if we can do something for the friends, for our brothers, we always will do it.
If there is a desire to move forward - and economy will still push us to it, we will do a lot for Moldova and Belarus.
Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova:
I am very glad that we finally met in person. Our countries traditionally have good, friendly, and fraternal relations. We have very positive dynamism in economic relations.
We have good relations with the Belarusian diaspora in Chisinau, I meet with them very often.
I want to note that people in Moldova know very well about Belarus, they envy very many good things and the reforms that are taking place in your country. It is often cited as an example that Belarus managed to preserve the good things that we had in Soviet times, like agriculture and infrastructure projects. This is a good example for us.
I say it honestly, openly, I have repeatedly cited this example both inside the country and for our partners, including Western ones. They sometimes criticized, but I said: "Listen, let's look realistically at what is happening in the Belarusian economy. Even many European countries can't proud of what you have - in infrastructure, in agriculture, and in many other aspects."
The issue of granting Moldova the status of an observer state with the EEU will be decided in Bishkek on April 14.
In total, the agenda of the meeting of the Supreme Economic Council includes about 10 points. In addition to the Belarusian leader, presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Moldova gathered at the negotiating table in the Ala-Archa residence. The presidents have already met without delegations and later, the meetings in the enlarged format will take place too. The implementation of the main directions of the EEU's international activities is to be discussed.