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18 Dec 2020

Lukashenko: Stronger CIS through unity and shared responsibility

Lukashenko: Stronger CIS through unity and shared responsibility

MINSK, 18 December (BelTA) – Only shared responsibility and unity can help the CIS member states become stronger, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the online CIS summit on 18 December, BelTA has learned.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the Commonwealth of Independent States is a reality, it has become one of the most effective instruments to ensure regional stability, no matter what skeptics say. At the same time he believes that this instruments should be improved, because the CIS constantly meets new challenges. The Belarusian president cited the escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh as an example.

The head of state believes that in the current difficult situation the CIS countries should strictly comply with their obligations. “If we do not honor our agreements, there will be neither any unions, nor future agreements. The implementation of these agreements should not depend on one’s taste or personal preference – we represent millions of people,” he stressed.

Belarus has always adhered to these principles and will continue doing so, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “I am confident that during Belarus’ Presidency in the CIS, with your support, we will be able to go ahead with the outlined plans and make considerable progress in the comprehensive development of the CIS member states,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We can become stronger only thanks to shared responsibility and unity,” he stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko told his counterparts that Belarus will suggest concrete avenues and measures to advance integration in the CIS and will send them to all the member states.

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