Lukashenko says Belarus ready to improve ties with EU

Lukashenko says Belarus ready to improve ties with EU
# 17 December 2013 03:35 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Belarus is ready to take any steps to normalize its relations with the European Union (EU), President Alexander Lukashenko said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We are sincerely interested in promoting good-neighborly relations with the European Union for geographical, historical and cultural reasons," Lukashenko said at a meeting with several European envoys.

"We cannot do without each other. We have to live side-by-side, like neighbors. Belarus has done its best to achieve the rapprochement," he said.

Belarus-EU ties have soured as the EU accused the Belarusian authorities of persecuting the political opposition and denying citizens' basic rights and freedoms.

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