Belarus president Aliaksandr Lukashenka met with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Sunday.
The Ukrainian president thanked Lukashenka for enabling the parties to hold the dialogue of the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve urgent issues.
“I also want separately to thank Belarus for its clear position on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. For us, your tough position that you have constantly expressed, including the position on the so-called elections [in the unrecognised Donetsk, Luhansk people’s republics – belsat.eu] in November, is very important,” Interfax-Ukraine quotes Poroshenko as saying.
According to Poroshenko, security issues, economic and financial cooperation, coordinating actions in international organisations were on the agenda.
In his turn, the Belarusian leader noted ‘great practical benefits’ in Belarus-Ukraine cooperation, in particular, the trade turnover close to $7 billion.
“Trade between Ukraine and Belarus has not dropped but even soared. And what is important is that today we have all our contracts 100% paid,” said Lukashenka, adding that ‘we don’t have the same with any other country.’
Minsk is ready to help Kyiv solve current problems, Lukashenka said.
“And I have told you: if we can do something for you, call us, tell us what needs to be done, what process we have to be part of and I guarantee to you that if you make a decision, like you said, in favour of continuing the dialogue in Minsk, if it is necessary to discuss something using Minsk as the venue, you know that you have friends over there and we are always ready to fulfil any request of yours,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.
The meeting was held behind the closed doors. It is to be noted that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is to pay an official visit to Ukraine on December 22.