Business format of the dialogue
By Veniamin Mikheev
Issues of Belarusian-Lithuanian co-operation were discussed during the working visit of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevicius, to Belarus
The Lithuanian Foreign Minister met with the Belarusian Prime Minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich. Top of the agenda were such issues as trade and economic co-operation between the two countries, alongside the implementation of joint investment projects.
A wide range of issues regarding bilateral interaction were tackled during the meeting with Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei. The Belarusian side emphasised that Belarus and Lithuania must develop bilateral co-operation, first of all, in trade, investments, transport and transit in spite of the differences in approach and the politically motivated restrictions imposed by the European Union. The two foreign ministers discussed the preparations for the next Belarus-Lithuania economic forum which is scheduled for autumn 2014, in Belarus.
The sides also discussed issues regarding the efficient use of the transit potential of the two countries, and the capacity of their transport networks. They discussed practical aspects of improving border infrastructure at the common border, and measures to accelerate the issuance of visas.
Speaking about Belarus-EU relations, the Belarusian side stressed that it views the Eastern Partnership initiative as an important format of dialogue and co-operation with the European Union. Taking into account the development of the situation in the region and the integration prospects of the countries, this initiative needs reforms to avoid discriminatory approaches by its members. The sides pointed out the necessity to raise the efficiency of the Eastern Partnership initiative for the people.