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Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:28

Belarus, Latvia can significantly improve their relations

Written by  BELTA
Belarus and Latvia can significantly improve their relations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Latvia Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis

Belarus and Latvia can significantly improve their relations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Latvia Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis on 8 February, BelTA informs.

“Honestly, I am very happy to see you in Belarus. It is good that you have come. They say that we have good relations with Latvia (at least in comparison with other neighbors). But I think that we can do better. There is a big untapped potential. In this context, your visit to Belarus is a landmark one,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the president, Belarus and Latvia can make serious progress in all avenues of cooperation that are of mutual interest. This pertains to the economic and political dimensions. “We need to step up efforts a little bit. Therefore, I hope that we will manage to do a lot after this visit,” the head of state remarked.

“You are right when you say that I am a too Soviet man. Yes, I am a Soviet man. I have never viewed Latvia and Riga as an alien country and an alien city. You are not alien people for us, we used to lived in one country. I think the same about Lithuanians and Estonians. Therefore, you should believe that Latvia is not an alien country for us, and it does not matter what world views and political views I have,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

Alexander Lukashenko said that the Belarusian side is ready to develop relations with Latvia on the basis of compromise. “We are ready to build relations with you, we want you and us to be more independent in terms of hydrocarbons. You have a direct access to the sea, so we can agree on deliveries. Renewable energy and electric energy are especially important topics,” the president said.

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