Lukashenko in favor of EU's constructive approach to evaluating situation in Belarus
2014-12-12    A constructive approach towards evaluating the situation in Belarus would contribute to the normalization of relations with the European Union. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement on 12 December as he received credentials from the ambassadors of Bulgaria, Estonia, and Portugal to Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“We expect that the present representatives of European countries will practice a constructive approach towards evaluating the situation in Belarus. It would contribute to further normalization of relations between our country and the European Union,” said the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus and European countries are connected by a common spirit, history, and culture. The connections represent a reliable foundation for developing relations between the countries in the spirit of mutual respect.

Accepting credentials from Ambassador of Bulgaria to Belarus Angel Ganev, the President stressed that Belarus was ready to step up the volume of cooperation with Bulgaria in the production sector, agriculture, science and technology, investments, was ready to bolster regional and humanitarian ties.

Addressing Ambassador of Estonia to Belarus Mait Martinson, Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarus considers Estonia as an important partner in the Baltic Sea region. According to the Belarusian leader, it is necessary to realize the existing opportunities in traditional spheres of bilateral cooperation as much as possible, including in transport and transit.

“While Belarus and Estonia may not have a common border unlike the other two Baltic states, it does not mean we have no common interests. We know each other well. I think that we will be able to honestly look at each other and find areas of common interest. I would very much like to count on it,” said the head of state.

“We are more than neighbors. We used to live in the same country. It may be described as a bad country or a good one, tastes differ. But we used to live as one family. And I don't think that Belarusians and Estonians had any contradictions back then,” noted the President. He added that Estonia has always been an objective country and has never complained about Belarus.

Accepting credentials from Ambassador of Portugal to Belarus Mario Godinho de Matos, Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the potential for trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Portugal. According to the Belarusian leader, at present it is necessary to determine the areas that the two countries are most interested in and work on them closely.

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