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FM: Belarus always seeks sincerity in relations with any state

Politics 14.10.2019 | 09:46
Vladimir Makei. Archive photo
Vladimir Makei. Archive photo

MINSK, 14 October (BelTA) - The Belarusian leadership always proceeds from the need to have sincerity in relations with any state, Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said in an interview with the ONT TV channel, BelTA has learned.

Recalling the recent meeting of the presidents of Belarus and Ukraine in Zhitomir, the journalists asked the minister about the secret of the Belarusian diplomacy as it always seems capable of finding contact with Ukrainian leaders and maintaining good relations with Moscow in the context of the known crisis situation.

"This is not only and not so much a merit of the Belarusian diplomacy. We should look deeper. The point is that the leadership of Belarus always proceeds from the need to have sincerity in relations with any state. If you are interested in cooperation with any country, you should do it sincerely. This is the basis for good relations with all the leaders of the brotherly Ukraine," said Vladimir Makei.

He stressed that the first personal meeting of Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Zelensky was very warm, absolutely open and sincere. "The sincere exchange of views allowed establishing normal contacts. Good relations between the leaders are also very important for further building of our contacts in all areas," the minister said.

The head of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that if all parties sincerely wanted to end the conflict in Ukraine, peace would have been restored there long ago.

Vladimir Makei also commented on the speculations about the improvements in the relations between Belarus and the West. "Nobody is going anywhere. We want to have good, normal, balanced relations with all countries. It is in our interest, because our economy is open," he said.

The minister advised everyone who feels a certain jealousy or suspicion about some improvements in the relations between Belarus and the West to calm down. "It's normal. The West is the second most important trade and economic partner for us. It is in the absolute interest of Belarus to have normal relations with the European Union and other Western countries. We can say that the future of our country depends on it," Vladimir Makei added.

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