European Commissioner Stefan Fule yet discussed the situation with human rights in Belarus meets with President Lukashenko.
Fule said in an interview with BelaPAN that July 8-9, "took his first official visit to Belarus, to remind: the respect for fundamental rights and freedoms — the basis of the EU's policy towards its neighbors and is a key factor in the development of bilateral relations."
"Only by respecting these fundamental and universal values, Belarus will be able to fully exploit the potential that offers the EU in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy in general and the Eastern Partnership policy in particular," — said Fule.
July 17 Alexander Lukashenko, commenting on the meeting with Stefan Fule, said: "Thank God, we have not touched any of this policy, nor democratization and so on." Lukashenko then said that negotiations were the main issues visas ("what our citizens are guilty before you?"), The "Eastern Partnership" and the Free Trade Area ("Why are you blocking our goods? We do not block your").