Tuesday, November 12 2019 20:59
Asya Balayan

Lukashenko`s visit to EU countries will allow Belarus to achieve  sustainable stabilization of relations

Lukashenko`s visit to EU countries will allow Belarus to achieve  sustainable stabilization of relations

ArmInfo.The visit of the President of Belarus to the European Union is a significant event, and hopefully, it will allow Belarus to enter into some kind of  sustainable stabilization of relations with the EU. Yauheni  Preiherman, the Founder and Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on  International Relations, stated during a round table on the topic  "Experience of Belarus. Is it possible to survive between West and  East?"

It should be noted that on November 11, President of Belarus  Alexander Lukashenko paid an official visit to Austria, which was his  first trip to the European Union since 2016.

Speaking about the existing relations between Belarus and the EU,  Preiherman drew attention to the factor that Belarus remains the only  country in the region that does not have any basic agreement with the  EU.

"In fact, we are working under the 1989 Agreement on Trade and  Cooperation with the USSR.  An agreement on cooperation between  Belarus and the EU was signed in the late 90s, but was never ratified  by the European side because they did not recognize the results of  the referendum in Belarus and declared them illegal. We have almost  reached the point where an agreement called "Partnership Priorities"  has been concluded, and in the opinion of the European Union, it  should become an interim document between the missing legal framework  and future agreements in the format of a partnership and cooperation  agreement, "he said.

At the same time, Preiherman explained that negotiations around the  partnership and cooperation agreement with the EU could not be  successfully completed due to Lithuania's tough stance regarding the  construction of a nuclear power plant near the border by Belarus.

The expert expressed hope that an agreement on visa facilitation  between the EU and Belarus would be signed in the near future,  assuring that the document would give an additional politically  important impetus to these relations.

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