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26 November 2020, 16:38

Belarus, Russia agree on concerted action in international arena

MINSK, 26 November (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia have agreed to coordinate their activities in the international arena. Such an agreement was reached at a joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia led by foreign ministers Vladimir Makei and Sergey Lavrov on 26 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“A resolution was adopted at the joint meeting of the collegiums. The heads of the delegations signed a plan of consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia for 2021. This plan defines key areas of cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries and reaffirms plans to coordinate actions in the international arena,” the press service of the ministry informed.

The participants had an in-depth discussion of Belarus-Russia cooperation in various fields. They also discussed cooperation prospects within the framework of integration associations and the expansion of mutual support at international platforms. They also exchanged views about the state of global and regional security.

The participants of the meeting discussed a possibility of lifting travel restrictions between Belarus and Russia while complying with COVID-19 prevention measures.

Other topical issues on the agenda included relations of Belarus and Russia with the European Union, the participation of the two countries in UN peacekeeping operations, the prospects of joining UN peacekeeping activities by the CSTO, coordination of integration processes in the Eurasian space with a view to establishing a Greater Eurasian partnership.

The participants of the meeting also discussed joint efforts to maintain information security and combat cybercrime, including at international platforms, including the UN. The parties supported the steps aimed at developing and adopting universal rules and norms of conduct of countries in cyberspace under the auspices of the UN.

In addition, the participants of the meeting confirmed that the joint efforts to counter the falsification of history and the glorification of Nazism remain a priority avenue of work.

The Belarusian side expressed gratitude for the political and information support provided by Russia in the face of external pressure on Belarus and attempts to destabilize the situation in the country. The parties declared their readiness to jointly resist any outside interference in domestic affairs.

The parties reviewed progress in implementing the program of concerted action in the field of foreign policy of the states - parties to the Union State Treaty for 2020-2021 and discussed its further implementation.

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