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21 Apr 2017

Lukashenko sees a possibility of new dividing lines emerging within and around EU

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko delivers annual State of the Nation Address

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) – There is a possibility of new dividing lines emerging within and around the European Union, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in his State of the Nation Address on 21 April, BelTA has learned.

“Migration threats stimulated serious transformation processes within the EU. Let’s take Brexit for example. It heralded the qualitatively new realities on the continent, the political and economic consequences of which the Europeans have yet to comprehend. Its direct consequence was the development by the EU of the model of its future arrangement. Here we see again an interest in the idea of multi-speed integration. After this, we may witness the emergence of new dividing lines within the EU and around it. The European Union has to deal with all of these challenges virtually ‘on the march’,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Alexander Lukashenko recalled that in due time the idea of multi-speed integration was put forward when the Eurasian Economic Union was being set up and when there were attempts to scale back the development of the Union State with Russia. “Back then we offered multi-speed integration. The vitality of this idea was confirmed in practice,” the President said.

According to him, the contours of the new United States Administration foreign policy are becoming clearer. “The recent activity in Syria, the tensions on the Korean peninsula raise fresh concerns as to whether Washington will be able to withstand the temptation to again try to dictate their will to the rest of the world. I sincerely hope that the common sense will prevail in all geopolitical players this time,” Alexander Lukashenko said.


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