Updated at 11:07,12-12-2017

Lukashenka seeks to boost trade cooperation with Poland

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Aliaksandr Lukashenka suggests advancing trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Poland. He made the statement as he met with Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Finance МMateusz Morawiecki on October 24 in Minsk.

The head of state noted that Belarus and Poland have a certain trade level. “We have not lost contacts in the economy and politics. However, it is essential to raise the bar to a very high level. If we want to advance relations with our closest neighbor, we need to create the foundation of these relations. It is only the economy that can be this foundation,” Lukashenka is quoted by the president's press office.

He expressed interest in setting up joint ventures with Poland. At the same time, Lukashenka said, there are a few issues of concern in the economic cooperation. “I think that during the session of the joint commission you will discuss them and outline the ways to eliminate them, to coordinate our positions,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “If we are wrong in certain aspects, we would like Poland and the EU in general to provide certain undeniable facts which would be difficult to defy. I mean the antidumping case and other issues.”

According to Lukashenka, the current situation especially in view of Russian embargo and economic difficulties in Ukraine has had an impact on the economy of Poland. He said that further warming of relations between Belarus and EU will now not depend on Minsk.