Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

11/21/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2018 12:40

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the sidelines of the joint meeting of the boards of the[...]

President Lukashenko,

Thank you for this opportunity to meet and listen to your assessments of our work. We have just held a joint meeting of the boards of the Russian and Belarusian foreign ministries. We meet every year. We had a very useful conversation on the problems of joint efforts to counter the falsification of the history of World War II and the Great Patriotic War, on the topics of cyber security and the development of integration with the EAEU, the SCO and other structures in the large Eurasian space, and on the issues of our common culture and its promotion abroad.

Yesterday I discussed in detail with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei our other bilateral issues, including equal rights and the need to balance them out, which you have just mentioned. We believe it is necessary to fully implement our agreements both as regards businesses and citizens. We have resolved many problems, but we still have to work on some issues. As a foreign office, we will do everything to help our relevant structures reach agreements.