MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – Belarus cannot break away from the sphere of interests of its big neighbors, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said after the talks with Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis on 13 February, BelTA has learned.
Journalists asked the Belarusian foreign minister whether Belarus can leave Russia's sphere of influence and what role Switzerland can play in it. Vladimir Makei responded: “Belarus, just like Switzerland, cannot leave the sphere of someone's interests, the sphere of interests of big neighbors. Unfortunately, we cannot just relocate Belarus and Switzerland to some other, more comfortable place.”
At the same time the minister noted that regardless the impact of powerful geopolitical players on countries like Belarus and Switzerland, these countries will always have many common interests on the international arena. “We have discussed these matters today – joint efforts on the international arena to settle the conflicts that are unfortunately occurring in our region and the world in general,” he added.