MINSK, 19 January (BelTA) – The Minsk meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia is important and well-timed, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 19 January, BelTA has learned.
“Thank you very much for having me here. First of all, best regards from Vladimir Vladimirovich. Although you meet with him ... We have calculated that last year you met 10 times in person in addition to phone calls. Therefore, we, the foreign ministers, cannot keep up with you. But that is the way it should be,” Sergey Lavrov stressed.
In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko responded: “We will meet even more often this year.”
The Russian foreign minister emphasized: “The meeting of the two collegiums is more timely than ever. We will discuss the situation that developed because of the West's attempts to establish a total domination. This policy is spearheaded by the Americans who put others under their sway. And this is manifested in the positions of NATO, of course, of the European Union. The Council of Europe has already taken this path. And many problems are accumulating in the OSCE.”
Sergey Lavrov said that these are some of the key issues on the agenda of the meeting of the collegiums, “along with cooperation in international organizations, where it is important for us to prevent the privatization of secretariats, this is also what the West is trying to do”.
Sergey Lavrov is in Minsk on 18-19 January to participate in a joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia. Such a meeting is held annually to discuss bilateral cooperation in foreign policy.
The foreign ministers of the two countries will hold one-on-one talks after the meeting with the president of Belarus. After that the ministers will visit the exhibition of the National Historical Museum of Belarus “A Uniform for a Hero” dedicated to the 210th anniversary of the Victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. The exhibition is running in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After that, the meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia will be held.