MINSK, 24 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin set an example of candid discussion and commitment to finding solutions that accommodate the interests of both partners, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, BelTA informs.
Speaking about the relations between Belarus and Russia, the minister said: “It's just mutual respect and mutual commitment, despite all the nuances. It is not possible to agree on absolutely all issues in bilateral relations. Despite some differences in approaches, I see that our presidents set an example of an honest discussion of all kinds of problems, an honest attempt to find solutions based on respect for the interests of a partner and an ally. In other words, they try to find a balance of interests that makes any agreements sustainable and long-lasting,” the foreign minister said.
Sergey Lavrov recalled that the countries are currently implementing 28 Union State programs. He described them as reliable solutions and they are being implemented at a fairly fast pace. “Well, after all, we are allies, the alliance extends to all spheres of life, starting from joint defense and political security on the western flank of the CSTO (and here Belarus plays a key role) and continuing with economic cooperation,” he said.
According to the minister, the most important thing is the creation of equal terms for businesses and citizens of Belarus and Russia. “This is a fundamental thing that allows Belarusians to feel at home in Russia. And the same for Russians in Belarus,” the Russian foreign minister stressed.