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Belarus aims for productive relations with Russia

MOSCOW, 19 September (BelTA) – Belarus is intent on productive and trusting relations with Russia, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei as he met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on 19 September.

Vladimir Makei said it was illustrative that he had come to Russia on his first visit as the Belarusian Foreign Minister. The fact indicates the importance the Belarusian side attaches to interaction with Russian partners, he underscored.

According to Vladimir Makei, at the meeting with Sergei Lavrov they will discuss topical matters of the bilateral cooperation as well as Belarus-Russia interaction within the framework of integration associations and in the international arena. “In an open and sincere manner, in compliance with the friendly relations between our countries, we will discuss the existing problems and ways to respond together to modern threats and challenges,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov congratulated Vladimir Makei on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Belarus. “We have things to discuss,” he said. He reminded that at the latest Sochi meeting President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Russia Vladimir Putin agreed the principal avenues of partnership of the two countries. The Russian Foreign Minister reminded that in December Moscow will host a series of events involving the heads of state of the Customs Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and the Eurasian Economic Community. In late November a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Foreign Ministry will take place in line with the program of concerted actions in the area of foreign policy of the Customs Union member states.