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Monday, October 24, 2016

Belarus did not want to build relations with the EU to the detriment of Russia

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei said his country does not intend to build relations with the European Union at the expense of its traditional allies — Russia and CIS countries.

“Be afraid of a reversal of Belarus in one direction or another is not worth it. We, of course, are interested in diversifying our foreign policy and foreign economic relations. It is in our national interest. But this does not mean that we will abandon our traditional markets and cooperation with our traditional allies,” said Mackay in an interview with ONT TV channel.

The Minister also noted that Belarus has always respected and will respect its commitments in the framework of the collective security Treaty, the Eurasian economic Union and the Commonwealth of independent States, “Interfax”.

On the eve of the government of Canada decided to withdraw from Belarus sanctions imposed on it in 2006, noting progress in key areas, including the release of political prisoners.

Recall, the foreign Ministers of 28 countries — members of EU on 15 February decided to cancel the sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko, still 169 of citizens of the Republic, as well as three companies. Also, the authorities of the EU countries were in favor of simplification of visa regime with Belarus. While the arms embargo remained in force. According to the President of Belorussia, they “realized that there is a moment in time and need to move away from this block thinking and confrontation with Belarus”.

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