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Belarus open for developing normal relations with EU, US - Lukashenko

April 22, 2014, 17:40 UTC+3 MINSK
“Despite the political disagreements, we have never created obstacles to foreign businesses,” Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko says
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MINSK, April 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that the Belarusian side is ready to build mutually advantageous relations with the European Union and United States, first of all in the economic sphere and investment co-operation.

“Mutual interests with the European Union member states are based first of all on economic co-operation. Because even against the background of difficult political relations the EU has remained one of the main trade partners, an important source of credit resources and investment,” Lukashenko said in an address to the Belarusian people and parliament.

“Our country,” the president continued, “is important for the European Union as a key partner in transit, in access to the market of the Customs Union and the future Eurasian Economic Union.”

Lukashenko said that “Belarus is open for the work in this direction, and the partners in the West cannot have doubts that these intentions are serious.” “Despite the political disagreements, we have never created obstacles to foreign businesses,” the president said. So, he noted, “for example, for Latvia, Lithuania and Poland it would be more beneficial to co-operate with our country than with the EU members.”

“We will together build normal relations with the European Union, United States, because they are civilised, very developed states, rich states. And we will co-operate with them,” Lukashenko said. He expressed the hope that “the EU partners will be able to realise the importance of co-operation with Belarus.” “I can say the same about the United States. Having cut the knot of piled up problems, we will open with them new unused horizons of co-operation, first of all in the economic and investment spheres,” the Belarusian president said.


Strategic partnership with Russia

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the preservation and strengthening of strategic partnership with historical ally Russia remains priority in the country's foreign policy.

"This approach is logical originating from the very essence of integration. Together with Russia, we're implementing landmark projects, including projects for Belarus, such as the construction of a nuclear power plant, and are taking joint actions to upgrade the defence sector," Lukashenko said in his state-of-the-nation address to the people and the parliament on Tuesday.

Belarus pursues a consistent policy to develop integration in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

During Belarus' CIS presidency, 70 landmark events were carried out. "When Ukraine declined to take over presidency, we took up this role, and will meet our commitment as required," Lukashenko said.

It was here that the CIS was created; it is here that the headquarters are located. Also, Belarusians are the people who are committed to integration more than others, according to the president.

Lukashenko said that Belarus was very interested in a stable, prosperous and consolidated Ukraine and that it was ready to contribute to it in all ways. "We'll be cooperating with our Ukraine regardless of difficulties," he noted.

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