Pravda.ru

News » Russia

Belarussian president to give in to the West

23.09.2002 | Source:

Pravda.Ru

 

Belarus is raising the iron curtain

This was reported at a press conference in Minsk by Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Alexander Minkhevich. It seems that this statement was released on the approval of Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. Well, this is not the first time for such a thing to happen. It has been noticed that Lukashenko’s friendship with the West grows stronger only when there is tension in political relations between Russia and Belarus.

Foreign ministers of Belarus and Portugal Mikhail Khvostov and Antonio Martins da Cruz agreed to hold “serious talks” in Vienna. These talks are to take place very soon, and they will be devoted to issues of further cooperation with the OSCE (Portugal currently chairs the OSCE).

Alexander Minkhevich emphasized that the talks between Belarus and Portugal will begin without any delay. The Belarussian foreign minister also advised that a higher level of talks might follow. Minkhevich added that the OSCE secretary general is also likely to participate in the talks.

No matter what Minkhevich says that there is one thing clear about the whole issue. Belarus stands for the development of economic links with the European Union. One may come to the conclusion that Belarus is gradually raising its iron curtain. Belarussian exports to countries of the European Union jumped by over 60% during the last seven months.

Two billion dollars of Belarussian commodity circulation fall in the European Union. Yet, Alexander Minkhevich noticed that Belarus basically exports half-finished products due to the political restrictions of the EU. The official added that there are no objective reasons for these restrictions.

As a matter of fact, Belarus is considered to be one of the most “high-tech” republics on the territory of the former Soviet Union. The Belarussian foreign minister stated that Belarus had already started talks with other countries about joining the European Union.

On the photo: Alexander Lukashenko

Andrey Mikhailov PRAVDA.Ru Minsk

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

 







Popular photos


Most popular

China and India to oust Russia from Syria?
China and India to oust Russia from Syria?
Bashar al-Assad's Syria is not isolated anymore. Russia, China and India have supported the Syrian president in many ways, and it is clear that Syria is close to the end of the war, while the powers...
Russia tests stratospheric missile to destroy fleets
Russia tests stratospheric missile to destroy fleets
Russia completes the tests of stratospheric weapons for long-range bombers. The weapons are said to be capable of striking targets at a distance of 1,000 kilometers. The Russian long-range supersonic...
Рейтинг@Mail.ru Rambler_s_Top100_Service