Lukashenko: Belarus readily accepts Moldova’s orientation towards the European Union


001625_00000083208Belarus does not dramatize the situation arising from Moldova’s orientation towards the European Union. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Moldova President Nicolae Timofti in Minsk on 16 July, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian leader said: “We don’t dramatize the situation arising from Moldova’s orientation towards the European Union and the document on association with the European Union that you have signed. We readily accept it.”

According to the Belarus President, in any circumstances ways to exploit the situation to the benefit of both countries should be sought.

“We are grateful for the fact that your actions have never been directed against Belarus although sometimes you may have had to support your allies, the European Union, the USA and give some promises. We appreciate it a lot,” said the Belarusian leader. In his opinion, the fact testifies to the respectable nature of the bilateral relations and a high level of trust. “You can rest assured that we have never wronged Moldova and never will. We will advance our cooperation only in a way beneficial to both nations,” assured the Belarus President.

There are no problems in politics and diplomacy between Belarus and Moldova, stressed Alexander Lukashenko. “I wish we had this kind of relations with everyone,” said the Belarusian leader.

Alexander Lukashenko pointed out the high level of Belarus-Moldova trade, which reached $400 million in 2014. “It is registered trade turnover. I think our trade is definitely close to half a billion,” said the Belarusian head of state. “I could never imagine that we would be able to reach such heights.” Nevertheless, according to the Belarus President, the two countries have reserves for increasing the mutual trade volume.

Alexander Lukashenko said he deems promising the establishment of joint manufacturing enterprises in Belarus and Moldova and the advancement to major markets of the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. “It would only add to our relations, including the trade turnover,” said the Belarusian head of state.

The two countries maintain cooperation in many areas, there are no closed topics in relations, noted Alexander Lukashenko. “We are ready to show you everything you would like to see. If you want to have it in Moldova, we are ready to work with you for the sake of transferring our experience to the friendly and close country of Moldova,” stressed the Belarus President.

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