Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei
On August 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the telephone with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei.
Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Makei considered the political developments in Belarus and discussed various initiatives advanced by Western countries with regard to the Belarusian government’s further steps. In this context, the two ministers noted that ways to address Belarus’s existing problems are its internal affair and do not warrant any external interference, let alone any “instructions” about with whom and how they should conduct a dialogue. They emphasised that all external actors need to respect the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Belarus, and stop trying to provoke confrontation in Belarusian society and undermine the process of normalising the situation.
They also exchanged views on the progress in implementing a number of agreements reached between the presidents and prime ministers of the two countries, as well as in implementing the cooperation plans between the foreign ministries of Russia and Belarus.