MINSK, 19 January (BelTA) – The relations between Belarus and Russia have significantly strengthened. The momentum will be maintained in 2023, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Aleinik told reporters after the joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.
“Our relations significantly strengthened over the past year. The leaders of the two countries set the highest pace. This helps us find solutions to fundamentally important issues. There is every reason to believe that such dynamics and effectiveness of contacts will remain in place this year,” the minister said. He welcomed the significant progress in the Union State integration. A number of important intergovernmental documents have been signed and fundamental decisions have been made to harmonize customs legislation, to offer equal terms of operation to business people. Work is constantly underway to ensure equal rights for citizens of Belarus and Russia.
Last year the bilateral trade hit a record of $50 billion, which confirms that the decision to deepen integration was correct, he said.
The minister called interregional contacts one of the cornerstones of cooperation between Belarus and Russia. Last year 98 delegations from Belarus visited Russian regions and 82 delegations from Russia came to Belarus.
As for the interaction between the foreign ministries, they continue to coordinate their positions in international and regional organizations, to provide political and informational support to each other amidst the growing pressure on the part of the collective West.
Sergei Aleinik thanked Russia for its assistance to Belarus on international platforms. For example, the process of upgrading Belarus to the full member of the SCO has made significant progress. “The Russian side expressed readiness to assist Belarus if we decide to join the BRICS format and the upcoming Russia-Africa Summit in July this year,” the minister said.