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6 Oct 2017

Belarus to strengthen alliance with Russia, wants good relations with EU

MINSK, 6 October (BelTA) – Belarus is determined to strengthen its alliance with Russia and also wants good relations with the EU, Belarus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the closing of the first conference of honorary consuls of Belarus on 6 October, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The main point of our policy is that we are trying to build equal relations in all the directions. We are not going to break our allied relations with Russia. We are going to strengthen them. We also want to have good relations with the European Union, which is our second biggest trade and economic partner,” the minister said.

"We are not going to be friends with someone at the expense of someone else or against someone else. I would like to emphasize once again: we want to be friends with everyone, we want to have equal relations with everyone – Russia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia. We need good relations with everyone. I think this does not contradict the understanding of how trade and economic cooperation should develop. We are interested in relations with the developing China and the CIS states, constructive cooperation with the United States, mutually beneficial cooperation with the countries of Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa,” Vladimir Makei stressed.

According to him, the essence of the Belarusian multipronged policy is in the systematic development of conditions for building multiple geopolitical pillars. "It is a complex formula, but its main point is that we want to have many “safety nets”. The world needs many pillars to be stronger, and Belarus will feel safer in it, too. This mechanism proves to be only stable option,” the minister said.

He stressed that such a mechanism will help implement one of the key tasks in the economic sector, which the Belarusian head of state set forth before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government. It is the diversification of the foreign trade with an equal export distribution between the markets of the EAEU, the EU and other countries.

"Certain progress has been made to eliminate the traditional trade imbalance with Russia, but it is still a lot to be done here. We are determined to move towards this goal but not through the redistribution of markets (although this is worth doing as well), but through the parallel expansion of exports to new markets. I would like to ask you to provide all-round assistance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders in the implementation of the number one priority, which is the growth of the export volumes of goods and services to your countries, removing restrictions on access for Belarusian products, attracting investors and advanced technologies to Belarus,” Vladimir Makei said.


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