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5 Mar 2019

FM says Belarus ready to sign key documents with EU, urges some action

FM says Belarus ready to sign key documents with EU, urges some action
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MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – Belarus and the EU have everything in place to sign key documents soon, Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told the media after the meeting in the head of state’s office, BelTA learned.

“We see the possibility of finalizing these documents soon. But our partners should take action and show willingness to sign them. These documents, in our view, could be signed tomorrow. But, unfortunately, due to the position of one country, the EU has become hostage to the policies of that country that makes its issues with Belarus an issue of the whole European Union,” Vladimir Makei said.

The signing of the Priorities Partnership Agreement between Belarus and the European Union through 2020 is not making headway. “The agreement contains requirements which are unacceptable for us at this stage. We have not even received an official response from the European Union regarding our proposals,” the minister said. 

Speaking about the visa facilitation agreement Vladimir Makei noted that Belarus is ready to sign the document. However, the EU partners tie this agreement with the one on readmission.

According to the document, Belarus will have to take back illegal migrants from various countries who got into the European Union through its territory. Therefore, the country is now working on a mechanism of deportation compensation. “We are currently working on a document which would be binding for all the participants (Belarus and the European Union) and would provide Belarus with external financing to help return illegal migrants to their home countries,” the minister said.

These documents with the EU should take into account Belarus’ national interests. “We should be confident that they will not harm Belarus and our society, will not destroy stability and peace in our region,” Vladimir Makei said.

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