Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei said that Minsk and the EU have an obligation to take practical steps towards each other To improve relations.
"We proceed from the fact that the relations between Belarus and the European Union are obliged to continuously improve and normalize. For this purpose, the parties must make real steps towards each other", said Mackay correspondents on the first day of the week in Minsk.
He drew attention that " today We must think about new strategy of relations on the European continent, and among them between the EU and Belarus ". The Minister has described as absurd the situation where more than 200 Belarusian bureaucrats are under European sanctions." Against Syria is a war, and that fewer people are under sanctions ", - emphasized Mackay.
foreign Minister of Belarus expressed hope that his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz will leave Minsk after his working visit with " a more complete picture of what is happening in the country."
"We are not a perfect country, ready to learn from more advanced partners, but it must be done in the process of open dialogue," said Mackay.
He said that during the meeting at the Belarusian foreign Ministry and the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko meets with Minister of foreign Affairs of Austria were discussed such problematic issues of the Belarusian-European relations, human rights, political prisoners and the moratorium on the death penalty in Belarus. In addition, they discussed " issues, which are essential For the future of the European continent ".
Mackay said that the sides discussed issues of security, as well as among them in the context of the Ukrainian fall, strengthening the sovereignty and independence of countries in the region and on the European continent in General.