MINSK, 8 July (BelTA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in favor of starting negotiations on a new framework agreement between Belarus and the European Union as soon as possible. Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko made the relevant statement as he met with members of the working group for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the EU Council for Foreign Affairs, BelTA has learned.
Representatives of Austria, Belgium, UK, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Croatia, Czechia, Sweden, Estonia, and the European External Action Service were present during the meeting in Minsk.
Participants of the meeting discussed the state of the political dialogue and industry-specific cooperation between Belarus and the European Union, Belarus' participation in the European Union's Eastern Partnership Initiative, the implementation of the European Union's international technical aid projects in Belarus, and the situation in Eastern Europe.
Oleg Kravchenko presented Belarus' vision of the prospects of relations with the European Union. He underlined it is important to annul the remaining sanctions of the European Union and start negotiations on a new framework agreement as soon as possible. He presented Belarus' approaches to restoring trust and to reducing tensions in the region. The diplomat spoke in favor of promoting a direct dialogue between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union with a view to forming common economic space.
Plans have been made for negotiations between the European delegation and top officials of the Belarusian parliament, the Economy Ministry, the Finance Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Education Ministry, and the Central Election Commission.
The working group for Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a permanent body in charge of working out decisions of the EU Council for Foreign Affairs in matters concerning cooperation with ex-USSR countries. The body includes personnel of diplomatic missions of the European Union member states accredited with governing bodies in Brussels. The working group's previous visit to Belarus took place in June 2015.More about Politics