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Belarus hopes to resolve fundamental issues with EU, US

September 13, 2014, 19:26 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, September 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarus is hoping to settle fundamental issues with the European Union and the United States, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s official website on Saturday.

“We have already taken many positive steps towards each other,” he said and expressed hope that “this will lead to the settlement of fundamental issues between our states”.

The minister admitted the existence of “certain fundamental problems” such as sanctions and so-called “political prisoners”. “But we decided to focus on areas where progress can be made and tried to solve some economic problems,” Makei said.

He said Belarus was ready to continue the dialogue “but on an equal basis”. “We want Belarus to be regarded as an equal partner with its own national interests,” he said.

Makei said “the Ukrainian factor is also important” and stressed the need to “think about regional and international security and the fight against terrorism”.

“We must pool our efforts and move these issues to the top of our agenda,” he said.

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