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29 Nov 2013

Makei: Belarus seeks to maintain ties with the EU

Makei: Belarus seeks to maintain ties with the EU

VILNIUS, 29 November (BelTA) – Belarus is interested in maintaining contacts with the European Union, Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told reporters on 29 November, BelTA has learnt.

Vladimir Makei noted that 30% of Belarus’ export goes to the European Union. He emphasized that Belarus is interested in closer economic ties with the EU.

The Belarusian Foreign Minister underlined that Belarus would like to take part in more initiatives of the Eastern Partnership Initiative, because this will promote rapprochement with the European Union. “We can implement a number of projects as part of the EaP that will benefit both our partners and us. As was said at the summit, these are projects in energy security, transport, transit, law enforcement and border control,” Vladimir Makei said.

In his words, Belarus makes a tangible contribution to the common European security. Belarus secures uninterrupted transit of energy resources, combats international crime and drug trade.

“We need to search for solutions in a constructive way by coming to the negotiating table,” the Foreign Minister concluded.

Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei led the Belarusian delegation at the third Eastern Partnership Summit that took place in Vilnius on 28-29 November.

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