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24 June 2024, 16:28

Aleinik, Lavrov meet in Minsk

MINSK, 24 June (BelTA) -  The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia, Sergei Aleinik and Sergey Lavrov, are holding talks in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Belarus on a two-day official visit timed to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Belarus. After laying a wreath on Victory Square, Sergei Lavrov arrived at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry for talks with his counterpart Sergei Aleinik.

"In recent months, we have met quite often at integration platforms: the SCO, BRICS and most recently at the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council. Today we have a good opportunity to hold talks on the entire range of Belarusian-Russian relations, discuss our bilateral issues and exchange views on the development of the regional and international situation, compare notes and outline further steps to coordinate foreign policy activities," Sergei Aleinik said. 

His Russian counterpart, in turn, noted that the foreign ministries of Belarus and Russia have established close contact. "Our colleagues from the governments work in close coordination with us," Sergei Lavrov added. 

The ministers are expected to consider a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation and the international agenda, and coordination of foreign policy in multilateral organizations. Particular attention will be paid to diplomatic support for integration processes in the Union State and the formation of a new Eurasian security architecture. 

Since 1996, Belarus and Russia have been jointly defending common interests on the international stage, acting from the same or similar positions on almost the entire international agenda, closely coordinating approaches and providing mutual support in various multilateral organizations. The  programs of concerted actions in the field of foreign policy are updated regularly.

The current program, unlike the previous ones, is designed not for two years, but for a three-year cycle: from 2024 to 2026. The program has been realigned with the Union State guidelines for 2024-2026, which were approved by the Supreme State Council of the Union State early this year.
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