Posted: 24.05.2024 17:08:00

Lukashenko: Minsk, Moscow maintain course to strengthen integration

Belarus and Russia remain committed to strengthening integration and support each other in all areas – as stated by President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko at today’s talks with Vladimir Putin in an expanded format


The President noted that, at events in Moscow in early May, the leaders of the two countries agreed to meet and discuss in detail all issues of interest with the participation of government members.

Aleksandr Lukashenko informed that, during their talks in a narrow format, the presidents exchanged views on the most sensitive topics on the bilateral agenda, on which the state of the economy and stable development of both countries depend. They also touched upon the international situation, discussed options for responding to risks and threats that arise along the perimeter of the Belarusian and Russian borders.

“Despite anything, Minsk and Moscow remain committed to strengthening integration. We support each other, and we will further support each other in all directions," Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

In 2023, the Belarus-Russia trade volumes stood at about $48.7bn, which was 6.3 percent higher than in 2022. Mutual trade continued to grow in Q1 2024, and the volume of trade turnover amounted to $12.08bn (4.2 percent more than in the same period in 2023). Russia remains Belarus’ key trade and economic partner, and it accounted for about 60 percent of the value of Belarus' foreign trade and 57.5 percent ($1.63bn) of foreign investments attracted to the republic in Q1 2024.