MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) – The sanctions against Belarus and Russia are a powerful catalyst for strengthening the bilateral contacts and cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei said at the opening of an exhibition timed to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations of Belarus and Russia. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BelTA has learned.
“I must say thank you to those who imposed the sanctions for the pressure exerted on our countries. I am convinced that we will cope with the challenges and threats that our states are facing,” the foreign minister said. “We can state that now the level of our relations is higher than ever. We had a blessing in disguise. The sanctions against Belarus and Russia are a powerful catalyst for making our cooperation even stronger,” the minister said.
Vladimir Makei is confident that in the near future the relations between Belarus and Russia will advance to an even higher level, as the two countries are now running 28 Union State programs.