Will Lukashenka attend EaP summit? Intrigue remains

The current cooperation with the EU will determine the level of the participation of the Belarusian delegation in the Eastern Partnership summit, Foreiign Minister Uladzimir Makey said after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

“The Belarusian delegation will take part in the event. As for the level of Belarus’ participation in the summit, it will depend on the current level of our cooperation with the European Union,” he said.

As reported earlier, the European Union is ready to welcome Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka at the summit which is scheduled for November, 24. It is the first time when he has received a personal invitation to the Brussels. For years, he had been denied entry to EU member coutries. It is still unknown whether he will jump at the opportunity to present Belarus at the high-profile event.

According to French Ambassador to Belarus Didier Canesse, a program of cooperation between the EU and Belarus will be adopted at the event.

“Now I cannot go into details, but I can assure you that there will be new elements,” Canesse told TV channel Belarus-1.

A day earlier, former political prisoners Mikalai Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu issued an appeal to EU leaders, in which they called Inviting Alyaksandr Lukashenka to the EaP summit in Brussels not just a step in the current EU-Belarus dialogue, but the legitimization of Lukashenka, the legalization of his policy and regime.


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