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9 Mar 2017

Belarusian, Russian foreign ministers reach understanding on Union State, EEU, CSTO

MINSK, 9 March (BelTA) – The ministers of foreign affairs of Belarus and Russia have reached an understanding on ways to improve interaction within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The information was released by Dmitry Mironchik, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 9 March when he was talking about a recent meeting of Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov, BelTA has learned.

Dmitry Mironchik said that taking into account the broad range of Belarus-Russia cooperation the meeting of Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov on 21 February was full of discussions about a number of topical matters and themes. The 25th anniversary of Belarusian-Russian diplomatic relations will be celebrated this year. “The two ministers discussed a number of joint initiatives that we intend to coordinate with the celebrations. In particular, a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian ministries of foreign affairs will take place,” said Dmitry Mironchik. Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov also discussed Belarus-Russia cooperation within the framework of regional integration associations. An understanding was reached about a number of matters relating to the improvement of interaction within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Apart from that, Vladimir Makei and Sergei Lavrov agreed to step up interaction between the ministries with regard to the UN and the OSCE. They also discussed concrete projects in the humanitarian sphere. Mutual support for implementing those projects will be provided. A large number of matters will be touched upon starting with joint efforts to inscribe architectural objects onto the UNESCO World Heritage List and ending with the production of the screenplay for a feature film about the outstanding Soviet diplomat Andrei Gromyko.

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