Vladimir Makei said: “We would definitely like to get involved if it is acceptable for both sides. Moreover, I think we are also going to submit our own proposals in order to get the idea implemented. Understandably, it has to be acceptable for all sides.”
Marco Schmidl said: “We do it regularly but it doesn't mean we do it every week. For instance, NATO observers were present during the Zapad 2017 army exercise this year. Belarusian specialists had an opportunity to observe our exercises in 2015. I hope that Belarusians will observe the forthcoming NATO exercise in Norway in 2018”.
The NATO representatives noted: “The Zapad army exercise is very interesting. It grows larger and develops. During this year's Zapad army exercise Belarus demonstrated unprecedented transparency. Detailed briefings were arranged in the NATO HQ and OSCE bodies in Vienna.”
The Belarusian diplomat met with Juan Guillermo Castro, the Director of Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, to discuss the status and prospects of cooperation in the political, trade, economic, scientific, humanitarian and other avenues.
More than 20 documents were signed. The key ones relate to trade and economic cooperation, including the resolution of the Union State Council of Ministers on the priorities for further development of the Union State in 2018-2022.
Vladimir Makei met with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Alan Duncan and colleagues from other countries to discuss the bilateral cooperation and the situation in the region.
Vladimir Makei participated in several thematic events held on the sidelines of the Ministerial Council meeting. These included the discussions on the protection of civilians in the east of Ukraine and interconnectedness, trade and economic integration in the European and Eurasian space.