MINSK, 19 January (BelTA) - It is important for Belarus and Russia to coordinate actions within the so-called human rights framework, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 19 January, BelTA has learned.
“It is of particular importance to coordinate our actions within the so-called human rights framework: the UN Council on Human Rights, other mechanisms, where the West is clearly trying to politicize the debate, which should be based on the existing international humanitarian law,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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, which is organized annually to discuss topical issues of bilateral cooperation in the foreign policy.
The meeting with the Belarusian president will be followed by one-on-one talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries. The ministers will then visit the exhibition of the National History Museum of Belarus “Uniform for a Hero”, marking the 210th anniversary of the victory in the Patriotic War of 1812 (the exhibition is running in the building of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
After that, a joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and Russia will take place.