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15 March 2017, 10:49

Lukashenko: Belarus will always support unity, stability in Europe

MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – Belarus will always be working towards unity and stability in Europe, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders on 15 March, BelTA has learned.

“Your visit is a landmark event. A lot depends on it, not only in our bilateral relations but also in our relations with your empire [the European Union]. I can guarantee that Belarus will always be working towards unity and stability in Europe. Even in the difficult times we did not create problems for you and will not create them in the future,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The head of state stressed that he is in favor of the multi-polar world and the preservation of the European Union. “The EU is a major center of power alongside with China, the United States of America. The European Union is a solid pillar for the planet; if it disappears, the world will be in trouble. Therefore, I do not appreciate/support all these Brexits and nationalist movements. It is essential to preserve the European Union whatever the cost. This is not my personal position (although it is personal too). This position relies on the international state interests. The more pillars we have, the more stable the system is. Therefore, I am the supporter of the European Union,” the President explained.

At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko remarked that he is against double standards which the EU sometimes applies. “Therefore, I would like the European Union to be consistent with the declarations it offers to the whole world, namely honesty, integrity, and democracy,” the Belarusian leader said. “If you take a closer look at Belarus, you will see human rights, democracy, order, and security for people here. We have drawbacks, just like you. But we need dialogue, to be closer to each other. You need to share your experience. We are prepared to learn. But please remember that sovereignty and independence are sacred things for us.”

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