PM: Latvia may help Belarus mend ties with NATO


Belarus is willing to boost its cooperation with European Union member states, Prime Minister Syarhei Rumas told his Latvian counterpart Krisjanis Karins during Thursday’s meeting.

“We are interested in expanding the instruments of EU financial and technical assistance; we would like to get more benefit from the Eastern Partnership’s potential for the development of the Belarusian economy,” said Rumas.

He also thanked Latvia for its assistance in facilitating a full-scale dialogue of Belarus and the European Union.

In turn, Krisjanis Karins made a point of Latvia’s readiness to contribute to improving both the bilateral relationship and Belarus-EU ties, especially in the wings of the Eastern Partnership.

“We are very committed to promoting positive relations Belarus and NATO,” he added.

As reported earlier, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka was invited to visit Latvia on April, 3.

In December, when granting an interview to the Echo of Moscow radio station, Lukashenka told chief editor Alexei Venediktov that he would count on the West and NATO if ‘the situation required it’.

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