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Belarus counts on agreement with EU 'sooner or later'

The Minister of Foreign Affairs heads the Belarusian delegation at the summit of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels.

He said the basic agreement on Belarus-EU cooperation will be signed "sooner than later." Mr Makei is convinced of a positive solution to the issue. The Belarusian side is working on it with European partners, the minister said.

"This does not prevent us from cooperation, it is necessary to move gradually. We must do the steps that each of the parties must do. There is understanding that this agreement should be concluded" said the minister.

The Belarus foreign minister noted that the EU countries have different views on nuclear safety in the context of the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

Asked what the Belarusian side expects from the Eastern Partnership summit, Vladimir Makei replied: "We expect from this meeting that Belarus will become closer to the European Union, and that after the summit we will have a clear picture of what ordinary citizens of our country will receive from this cooperation."

The summit of the Eastern Partnership began on November 24. It will discuss the priorities of the partnership with the EU until 2020.

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Belarus counts on agreement with EU 'sooner or later'