Belarus and the European Union have finally abandoned head-on confrontation, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis on 9 March, BelTA informs. The Belarusian President stressed that both Belarus and the European Union passed their ways and abandoned this head-on confrontation.
The Belarusian head of state said that the EU and Belarus “built an unnecessary wall between each other and did not even talk over this fence, just exchanged statements.” Alexander Lukashenko expressed hope that this time would remain history now. “We welcome the fact that Europe has noticed Belarus, appreciated Belarus, and we can now establish normal trade, economic and investment cooperation,” said the President. Alexander Lukashenko expressed confidence that this would bring serious changes to other areas as well. “I do not separate humanitarian and economic issues. Solutions to humanitarian problems directly depend on the economic situation. “As the economy advances, many humanitarian issues, including human rights, as understood in the European Union, will get sorted out,” the head of state is confident.