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MINSK, June 25. /TASS/. Belarus is an ideal bridge between the East and the West, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in an interview with the Belarus-1 TV channel on Sunday.
"If Europe wants to regain at least part of its lost competitive advantages, it must improve cooperation between the continent’s East and the West," he said. "The question is who can act as the best bridge. Obviously, it has to be a central European state, say, Belarus, which is chairing the Central European Initiative (CEI) this year, takes part in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership program [for Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine] and is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union [Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan]."
So, in his words, "Belarus is an ideal bridge or an ideal architect, that is a bridge-builder between the East and the West."
According to the Hungarian top diplomat, Minsk has actually become a synonym of hope for peace in Ukraine. "I think no other capital city is mentioned that often when we talk about ties between Europe’s eastern and western segments," he stressed.