Press release on the joint meeting of the collegiums of the Foreign Ministry of Russia and the Foreign Ministry of Belarus and talks between Foreign Ministers of Russia and Belarus Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Makei
On November 18, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei. A regular joint meeting of the collegiums of the Foreign Ministry of Russia and the Foreign Ministry of Belarus was held.
The ministers discussed current topics related to bilateral relations and cooperation within integration associations including the EAEU and the CSTO. They touched on issues related to cooperation within the UN, the OSCE and other international organisations. They reaffirmed the importance of continuing coordinating foreign political efforts in order to protect the two countries’ interests together.
The participants in the joint meeting of the collegiums, held under the banner of the 20th anniversary of the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State, discussed the concerted foreign policy actions of Russia and Belarus, outlined their tasks in connection with NATO’s activities in Eastern Europe and discussed issues related to arms control as well as current areas of cooperation between the two countries at the UN, including countering unilateral sanctions that violate the Security Council’s prerogatives.
Sergey Lavrov awarded Belarus’s Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko with the Foreign Ministry badge For Cooperation. Vladimir Makei awarded First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture Grigory Karasin with the Belarusian diplomatic badge For Partnership.
Following the meeting, the officials signed the Programme of Concerted Foreign Policy Actions for 2020-2021 and the Consultation Schedule between the Russian and Belarusian Foreign Ministries for 2020 and approved the Resolution of the Collegiums of the two Foreign Ministries.
The joint meeting of the collegiums was held in a traditionally friendly atmosphere characteristic for the alliance between the two countries.