By Igor Slavinsky
After the USSR’s collapse, our two countries managed to preserve their close ties but, ten years ago, Belarusian-Armenian co-operation was revived anew following Alexander Lukashenko’s first official visit to Yerevan; in September of the same year, our Belarusian Embassy was launched. This heralded a time of enhanced mutual trade, while Belarus and Armenia became allies within the international arena — working jointly within the CSTO and EurAsEC.
The recent visit by the Armenian Foreign Minister to Belarus allowed him to join Belarusian colleagues in analysing how our two presidents’ orders are being fulfilled regarding the development of relations. Mr. Nalbandian believes that everything is proceeding well, with all questions promptly solved.
On meeting his guest from Yerevan, Mr. Lukashenko noted, “For various reasons — objective and subjective — our countries are the most ‘integrational’ within the post-Soviet area.”
According to Mr. Lukashenko, Belarus and Armenia are tied by close economic collaboration which has risen dramatically in recent years. Last year, our turnover stood at $50m. Interestingly, Belarus is Armenia’s third trading partner in the CIS, behind huge Russia and Ukraine.