28 Mar 2019 15:09

Belarusian Foreign Ministry calls for dialogue between EAEU, EU without waiting for implementation of 'Minsk Agreements'

MINSK. March 28 (Interfax) - The European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) should establish dialogue and the current contacts are not enough, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said.

"The European Commission should begin dialogue with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Technical contacts have begun, but they are not enough," Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko said at the international seminar New Idea of Sovereignty in Today's World held in Minsk on Thursday.

The deputy minister believes it is a mistake on the part of the European Commission to refuse cooperation with the EEC until the "Minsk Agreements" on Ukraine are implemented.

Belarus, as a member of the EEC, is interested in developing relations with the EU, which is the country's second trade partner, Kravchenko said. "Our sovereign interests will be realized in full, both in EEC membership and through the development of relations with the EU. This is aimed at preserving the sovereignty of the state," he said.