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Vladimir Makei: Belarus not going to break military ties with Russian friends

A joint statement was signed on June 5 by the heads of the foreign ministries of Belarus and Russia. It emphasizes that the two countries will continue to strengthen cooperation in the world arena, advocate for integration in the CIS and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Emphasis is still put on trade and economic cooperation. At present, it is at a high level. Belarus is Russia's main partner among the CIS countries and the fourth in the world. All regions are involved in establishing such close ties. Of course, diplomats are making their contribution to that.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
In no way are we are going to tear our ties, especially economic, political and military, with our Russian friends. We want not only to preserve, but also to increase our presence in the Russian market. At the same time Belarus wants to have closer contacts with distant countries.

By the way, through the conclusion of agreements on a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the countries of the distant arc (we spoke about this today) about 50 countries want to have such agreements with our integration association (EEU) and Belarus, through the conclusion of these agreements, enters these markets, which are extremely important for us.

Over the 25 years of diplomatic relations, Belarus and Russia have reached the level of strategic partnership. Interaction in the economic sphere is constantly expanding, with a high level achieved in industrial and scientific and technical cooperation. The parties also unequivocally supported the continuation and strengthening of cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

Vladimir Makei: Belarus not going to break military ties with Russian friends