Today, the 17-hour arrives in Minsk for the first time the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule. For two days he will meet with Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Martynov, the opposition, civil society and the media. In his visit to Minsk called the continuation of the dialogue with Brussels, which began in February last year, when Belarus visited the then Secretary General of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana.
"Belarus and the European Union have much in common — much more so than the presence of our shared border," — said on the eve of the visit, Stefan Fule. — "Our cultural and economic relations are developing abundantly centuries. Today we have a great opportunity to strengthen and expand these ties, provided that the Belarusian authorities will use this opportunity for the benefit of the citizens of Belarus", — stated in a press release from the European Commission.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh today stressed during the talks, the sides will discuss "all issues of cooperation between Belarus and the European Union, as well as participation our country in the EU initiative "Eastern Partnership":
"The Belarusian side is counting on a constructive and substantive discussion of issues on the agenda of Belarus — EU. These include the liberalization of the visa regime, creation of the legal framework of relations and the development of economic and investment cooperation. Visit to Belarus representative of the new leadership of the European Commission — an important element of the political dialogue between Minsk and Brussels. "
Today, the plot stay Stefan Fule in Belarus — two evening meetings: first with civil society, and then with the political opposition. Chairman of the BPF Yanukevich invited to an interview with the Commissioner:
"I will be say, that today very auspicious and important moment for the European Union is, European policymakers have taken an active stance on the situation in Belarus and actively contributed to the fact that the country was returning to the path of freedom. Today we see a tough clash between Lukashenko and the Kremlin. And regardless of who will be the winner here, it will be bad for Belarus, to our national interests. And I am convinced that in the long run, this will be bad for Europe. But in a situation where Lukashenko and the Kremlin weaken each other rather than working together, a chance for Europe. It can play an active role in order to help restore the democratic forces of Belarus in the European context. "