Aliaksandr Lukashenka expects “specific steps” from West

“I am absolutely convinced that the ball is in their court now. That is the reason why I am not going to wait for playing old musical instruments and using old music text,” the Belarusian president stated hearing out a report from Foreign Minister Siarhei Martynau on May 24, 2012.

“I hear more and more statements that European diplomats are waiting for some amnesty here, raising the matter of political prisoners and so on,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka said. “I would like to state it publicly right away that I am not going to revisit this topic. I also said everything publicly in my address to the Belarusian nation and the parliament. I see no reasons to change my position at the moment,” the presidential press service quotes Lukashenka.

The Belarusian president charged the Foreign Minister with the assingment to keep returning to normality in world affairs. At the same time national interests should be strictly observed, he added.

At the meeting Lukashenka and Martynau also discussed the content of the oncoming official visit of Vladimir Putin. The Russian president is to arrive in Belarus on May 31, 2012.

“I am interested in new avenues of cooperation with the Russian Federation so that we could negotiate them,” Lukashenka said.

Siarhei Martynau, for his part, said that the foreign ministry continued pursuing a “multi-vector” foreign policy and the “coming weeks and months will be a good demonstration of this multi-vector approach characteristic of Belarus.”


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