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23 Mar 2018

Lukashenko expects positive advances in Belarus-Russia relations during new term of President Putin

Lukashenko expects positive advances in Belarus-Russia relations during new term of President Putin

MTSKHETA, 23 March (BelTA) – We hope for the positive development of the Belarusian-Russian relations during the new term of President Vladimir Putin, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with representatives of the Georgian TV stations, BelTA has learned.

“I always hope for positive things. I talked to President Putin immediately after the election. Naturally we raised some pressing issues which must be resolved. Probably they were not the issues to be addressed at the level of the presidents, but still we touched upon them,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

With regard to the overall context of the relations with Russia, the Belarus president said he had no doubts about their good prospects. “I have good relations with President Vladimir Putin. There have never been a case when we failed to resolve issues in our relations. We have always found a solution. Unfortunately, issues accumulate at ministerial and governmental level from time to time. Then, we have to get involved, which should not happen, of course. We often talk about it at our joint Belarusian-Russian events. Ministers and governments need to resolve issues by themselves and do not bring them to the highest level. But that is life, and we cannot walk away from it,” the head of state said.

He added that the issues in the Belarusian-Russian relations are mainly related to competition, development of the market economy. The two states have no problems in the sphere of politics.

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