MINSK, 20 July (BelTA) – Export promotion remains the number one task for Belarusian diplomatic missions, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss Belarus' current foreign policy priorities, BelTA has learned.
The president asked whether the money spent on the diplomatic service was commensurate with the actual results of its activities, mainly in protecting national interests.
“As before, our number one priority is export promotion. We are a small, open country with an export-oriented economy. We will not survive without export. Do not fret over the so-called sectoral sanctions. There is always a demand for our goods. We just need to make a little more effort. If we have good sales, then the sanctions will not be a problem. We should work harder to turn them ineffective, unnoticeable for the Belarusians,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We should act towards those who resort to economic warfare in the same way as we acted towards street action participants in August-September,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
This is why export promotion is number one priority for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the head of state pointed out. According to the president, foreign business calls on their politicians not to sanction Belarusian raw materials, fuel, fertilizers, food, timber and semi-finished products. “They are well aware that the restrictions will eventually backfire on their end products and consumers,” said the head of state.