Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Eastern Partnership is attractive to Belarus because of possibility to carry out specific projects, Lukashenka says

What makes the European Union's Eastern Partnership program attractive to Belarus is the possibility of carrying out specific projects, Alyaksandr Lukashenka told reporters on Friday while visiting his native village of Aleksandryya near Shklow, Mahilyow region.

"We would like to get what we expect from this project: roads, pipelines, infrastructure projects and so on," the government’s news agency BelTA quoted Mr. Lukashenka as saying. "This means that we proceed from a practical point of view."

As a transit country, Belarus can give much to Europe and Europe is very interested in this, Mr. Lukashenka said. "People need practical benefits from this project," he stressed. "What do they [European Union] want from us? There is much talk of democracy and human rights. But this is mere talk and propaganda. We actually don't mind someone imposing this democracy, but we'll see and argue who has more of this democracy."