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24 May 2018

Lukashenko: Belarus is neither with Russia against Europe or with Europe against Russia

Lukashenko: Belarus is neither with Russia against Europe or with Europe against Russia

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – Belarus is not with Russia against Europe. Nor it is with Europe against Russia, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko said at the international forum “Eastern Europe: In Search of Security for All” on 24 May, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus is a sovereign state and is clearly aware of its position in the international axis system. We are not with Russia against Europe. Nor we are with Europe against Russia and the entire East. For us the question who we are with is unacceptable in principle. Our position gives an answer to this question. The Belarusian people have not chosen this place to live. Hence our foreign policy, and the position of general,” he noted.

According to the president, Belarus’ allied relations with Russia, its orientation toward integration within the Eurasian Economic Union does not affect the interests of the European countries. Development of relations with the EU, the United States and the West does not contradict the close cooperation in the East, but serves as a basis for creating a zone of confidence.

Belarus’ foreign policy initiatives are widely known. They include the promotion of the ideas of partnership between the integration unions in Greater Europe, the renewal of the pan-European dialogue on strengthening security and cooperation. They make up the unifying agenda that Minsk suggests to other members of the international community,” the head of state said.

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