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15 June 2022, 10:30

FM: Belarus and Russia have achieved a lot over 30 years of diplomatic relations

Vladimir Makei
Vladimir Makei

MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia have approached the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with great achievements in all sectors, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said at the opening of the exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Russia at the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15 June, BelTA has learned.

“This underlines the strategic nature of the relations,” the minister said.

“I think this is a very significant date in the history of our relations. Not only in terms of symbolism, but also in terms of real deeds, events, and achievements. We can state that we have approached this date with a tremendous amount of achievements accumulated in all areas of our cooperation - politics, military, humanitarian affairs, trade and economy and others. This is very important. This underscores the strategic nature of cooperation between our countries and the unity of our nations,” the minister of foreign affairs said.

Vladimir Makei and Boris Gryzlov
Vladimir Makei and Boris Gryzlov

In his words, these 30 years of cooperation have not been built on an empty place, as the people of both countries have lived together for over 200 years, fighting together against foreign invaders and building their bright future. I think everyone will agree that our peoples are absolutely close, in fact they are one nation. Mentally, culturally, are psychologically, we are connected by close human ties. This is very important,” said Vladimir Makei.

According to him, both countries have tried their best throughout these 30 years to restore the ties that were broken after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“From my point of view, our most important achievement is that we have ensured equal rights for our citizens. Today Belarusians do not feel like strangers in Russia and Russians do not feel like strangers in Belarus,” the minister said.

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