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26 Sep 2017

Lukashenko regrets Britain is leaving EU

MINSK, 26 September (BelTA) – From the point of view of the Belarusian-European relations it is a great pity that the UK is leaving the European Union, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on 26 September, BelTA has learned.

“You know what I was thinking about going to this meeting with you? First of all, it is great that a top-ranking official, a member of the government of a highly-developed and advanced country has finally decided to visit Belarus. It is a good sign. Secondly, (and you may not like it) it is a pity that the UK is leaving the European Union. We would have had a reliable partner and friend in the EU, who would be able to tell the truth about Belarus,” said the head of state.

Alan Duncan thanked the Belarusian president for his comments on the Brexit. The UK minister stressed that he has to constantly talk about the problems the UK is facing and explain everything to the countries that are seeking the EU membership, while Britain is leaving the union.

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