Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to the Republic of Belarus
On November 25-26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov paid a working visit to Minsk during which he attended a joint session of the collegiums of the foreign ministries of Russia and Belarus. Mr Lavrov was received by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and held talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Makei.
The sides exchanged views on the developments in Belarus. Mr Lavrov confirmed support for the Constitutional reform launched in Belarus aimed at upgrading the political system and normalising the situation. The high officials emphasised that outside interference in domestic political processes in Belarus is unacceptable, just as any attempts to exert pressure on the Belarusian authorities and encourage illegal protests.
During the talks the participants reviewed a broad range of issues of bilateral foreign policy interaction and the progress of the implementation of the programme for coordinated foreign policy actions of the states parties to the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State in 2020-2021. They paid special attention to cooperation within the EAEU and CSTO, and coordination of actions by Russia and Belarus at international venues, including the UN and OSCE.
During the discussion of global and regional issues, the sides exchanged views on strategic stability and pan-European security, in part, in the context of the US destructive actions on wrecking arms control agreements and building up NATO’s military potential on the borders of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
During the joint session of the collegiums of the Russian and Belarusian foreign ministries, the diplomats reviewed relations of the two countries with the European Union, the efficiency of its Eastern Partnership programme, the prospects for involving the CSTO in UN peacekeeping missions, topical aspects of the formation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership through the alignment of integration processes, as well as issues of international information security.
Following the meeting, the delegations signed a plan for foreign ministry consultations in 2021. They agreed to hold a regular joint meeting of the foreign ministry collegiums in Russia in 2021.