MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Meeting with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn
30 January 2018
Belarus is an
ardent supporter of the strong EU, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said
as he met with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood
Policy Johannes Hahn on 30 January.
“We are ardent
supporters of the strong EU. We are totally against centrifugal forces in the
EU that are weakening it,” the head of state said.
Lukashenko emphasized that he was not going to flatter anyone by his words. He
said it because Belarus is committed to the multi-polar world. “The EU is one
of the strongest pillars on our planet, and the destruction of this major
pillar of the multi-polar world will lead to the destruction of the systems of
security, economy, and other spheres of life,” the President said.
He added that
the members of the British royal family and high-ranking representatives of the
United Kingdom had recently visited Minsk. He also told them about this
position openly and honestly.
negotiations Alexander Lukashneko said that Belarus stands ready to make any
contribution to the security of the European continent. “Our country is in the
heart of Europe. This speaks a lot. You can count on us. We will always stay
committed to good-neighborly relations and are ready to make any contribution
to the security on the European continent. It is of utmost importance today,”
the President said.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus is interested in expanding economic ties with the
EU. “It is the second largest economic union for Belarus. The EU is the second
top largest foreign trading partner of Belarus,” he said.
The head of
state expressed gratitude for the progress reached in the talks on Belarus’ WTO
accession, and the support in the organization of the forums in Vienna and
Luxembourg to discuss the prospects of the trade and economic cooperation
between Belarus and the EU. “You have done a lot to make these events happen.
This is a good contribution to the cooperation between Belarus and the European
Union,” the President stressed.
the Easrtern Partnership initiaitve, the head of state said: “Of course, an
organization cannot exist without politics, but it is inadmissible to turn the
Eastern Partnership into an absolutely political organization. And it is
inadmissible to make the Eastern Partnership member states view this belt as a
dividing zone between the European Union and Russia, China, the East.”
“We pay great
attention to our cooperation within the framework of this organization. You can
count on us in this regard. Our wish is to make the Eastern Partnership a more
down-to-earth and practice-oriented organization,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
In his words,
the Eastern Partnership should address the issues that are topical for Europe
and promote the projects of vital importance in the energy sector, transport
and logistics. “We also need to address the issues related to people’s lives,
visa matters so that we could communicate with Europe more fully and freely
while you could travel to Belarus without any constraints,” the President