Heavy dependence on Russia is “especially harmful” during economic crises, that is why Belarus wants to move away from it. The statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei at a briefing with journalists after the meeting with his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski in Warsaw on Monday, October 10.
Makei admitted that Belarus and Russia remain close allies: “We have over 200 various intergovernmental, international and regional agreements in all spheres – from political, economic to military. Unfortunately, certain conflicts spark in our relations, in the past and now.”
The minister added that Belarus is not going to break away from Russia, but wants to become less dependent economically.
It does not mean, however, that Belarus intends to sever all ties with Russia, Makei underlined.
“On the contrary, we intend to strengthen these connections, but at the same time, we believe it is in our national interest to develop normal good-neighborly relations with our Western partners, with the European Union, and with the other geopolitical players – the US, China and some other countries.”
According to the minister, Minsk wants to find a “reasonable and positive balance in its relations with all friendly countries and continents.”
On October, 10, 2016 Vladimir Makei paid a working visit to Poland. The Head of the Belarusian Foreign Service was received by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The parties exchanged views on the prospects of expansion of Belarus-Poland cooperation, icluding sensitive questions, in the spirit of good neighbourliness and mutual respect.
Makeialso held negotiations with Krzysztof Szczerski, the Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of Poland, and Witold Waszczykowski, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.