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21 Nov 2016

Lukashenko suggests launching ‘Minsk process’ to regulate East-West relations

Lukashenko suggests launching ‘Minsk process’ to regulate East-West relations

MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) – We can launch a peacekeeping “Minsk process” to regulate the relations between the East and the West, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with the delegation of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union on 21 November, BelTA has learned.

“Some time ago the Helsinki process was needed to de-escalate the relations between the West and the East; the OSCE was created as a result. To improve the atmosphere of relations between the states, we can think about the renewal of the Helsinki process and launch the peacekeeping process, possibly, the “Minsk process”,” the Belarusian leader said.

In his words, this idea is based on the positive effect of the “Normandy Four” events in Minsk.

Alexander Lukashenko suggested considering the possibility to arrange a meeting of key international experts in the Belarusian capital to share opinions on the regulation of relations between the East and the West. “Some time in the future a need may arise for the agreement between the leaders of the major powers concerning the future world order. I mean that we need to be proactive and stay ahead of the curve rather than trail behind and do damage control when something happens, like it was the case with Ukraine,” the head of state remarked.

“I am convinced that no one is interested in another cold war. We must start the process of reflecting on the new rules of international relations based on the multi-polar world order and the respect for the interests of each other,” the President stressed.

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