Russia Approves Belarusian Participation within “Eastern Partnership”

Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the EU stated that Minsk participation within “Eastern Partnership” program won’t disturb close relations between Russia and Belarus. In addition, Russian diplomat stipulated that Moscow “keeps watch over the program thoroughly”. The EU offered six post-Soviet states to join this program.

Vladimir Chizhov also noticed that a general problem of all EU programs was the lack of “targeted financial support”.

The Russian Federation Permanent Representative stated that “he became completely aware of that everything should be strictly fixed within the budget to develop”, even considering the EU plans to increase budgets of all partnership programs twice by 2013.

On January the 2nd in Minsk Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he welcomed the “European Partnership” policy offered by the EU to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

“We welcome this positive European move towards neighbors.This is a pragmatic, wise and urgent step of the European Union”, noted Belarusian President.

Translated from France Press