MINSK, 12 September (BelTA) - The development and deepening of multifaceted bilateral ties with Russia is an absolute priority of the Belarusian foreign policy, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a ceremony to receive credentials from ambassadors of foreign countries in Minsk on 12 September, BelTA has learned.
Addressing Russian Ambassador Dmitry Mezentsev, the president stressed: “Your country is the main strategic partner and ally of Belarus, and the relations between our brotherly peoples are based on the bonds of friendship, good neighborliness and common history, sometimes with bloody pages. We shed blood for peace in Europe and the world. We didn't start those wars. But we always (the Lord helped this) came out victors. We remember that. We stood side by side and that was why we won. Therefore, the development and deepening of multifaceted bilateral ties with Russia is an absolute priority of the Belarusian foreign policy.”
Special consideration is currently given to the issues of the Union State development. “The Russian president and I agreed to adopt decisions on the further strategy of our integration in the run-up to the landmark date - the 20th anniversary of the Union State Treaty. And we will do it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.