Vladimir Makei

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Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

msn-uk Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

france24-en Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has become involved upon the initiative of the European Union. As if this organization had no other, more urgent matters to attend to. It was suggested that the so-called Moscow Mechanism should be used against Belarus. We dealt with a situation like that in 2011. I think we can deal with this situation now as well. The mechanism provides for setting up some expert group and for sending it to Belarus for the sake of studying the situation in the area of human rights. The Belarusian government has no intention of participating in the implementation of this mechanism” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

trust Friday, September 18, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We hear only criticism of the Belarusian government from European partners. They don't even try to investigate the real state of affairs or to objectively evaluate the situation. However hard we try to encourage them to do it during phone calls and during direct contacts with colleagues, we've been unable to accomplish it. Unfortunately, the criticism we see from them is based only on so-called independent sources. We absolutely understand what kind of sources they are. Moreover, we see how these sources ‘crumble', shall we say, as a result of the investigation of the incidents, which unfortunately have happened in Belarus” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “They claim they know better who the real president is and they claim they will interact only with the real president they have elected and the Belarusian nation hasn't. It is the way the situation is developing. You see what is promised to the Belarusian society in the course of these manipulations. Poland is already creating some $1 billion fund to support Belarus. It is initiating the creation of a $4 billion fund in case the opponents of the current government in Belarus rise to power,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are surprised by simply destructive political statements, primarily those of our neighbors and other European Union countries, about Belarus. It is a paradox: they say they are ready and will support Belarus' sovereignty and independence, yet their actions undermine the sovereignty and independence” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “I'd like to ask you right away not to interpret my response as interference in Ukraine's domestic affairs… Although certainly judging by this slip the tongue Brussels knows little of events in Belarus. Maybe it is our fault. Everyone can make errors,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Your visit proves that Belarus and the Holy See have special relations of mutual understanding and trust. We are satisfied with the dynamics of the development of contacts at the high and highest levels,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 11, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "who have been especially fervently trying to interfere in the internal affairs of the Belarusian state, who have made unacceptable political statements, and who have made concrete proposals on financially supporting opponents of the administration," External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We are not going to make it public," "But believe me, there are enough persons from the three Baltic states. It should be born in mind that within the Union State with Russia we have a common list of undesirable persons. This is to make them stop to think" External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are for journalists to be able to carry out their activities peacefully within the legislation and the corresponding international rules. We are totally against journalists being purposefully involved, let us say, in some actions connected with the violation of the law. It is one thing when a journalist provides information objectively, and it is another thing when he or she leads a purposeful stream, where the authorities are condemned and where protesters call for concrete illegal actions. It is absolutely unacceptable for us and the authorities will respond adequately in this situation,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Fascinating transformations happen to some European partners of ours. Long before the presidential election when we met and discussed various, shall we say, prospects of development of the situation, we were absolutely of the same opinion that any street manifestations, any violent demonstrations will push our relations backwards by many years. Everyone agreed that it must not be allowed to happen. Unfortunately, things happened. And now our partners call for some peaceful and quiet revolutions” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Unfortunately, the election in a post-Soviet country have been once again used by the external and internal forces to attempt to destabilize the social, political, and economic situation in the country,” “Of course, we were ready for something, but some things have come as an unpleasant surprise. I would like to say that in my career I have seen five elections, and we have never been faced with such an elaborate organization of protests from abroad. There still remain some unsolved problems, but it is already obvious that we have foiled an attempt to arrange a color revolution using the latest methods,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : "Long before the election, when we met with our European partners and discussed the possible scenarios, we agreed that street protests and violent demonstrations would set our relations back by many years. Unfortunately, this is what happened. Everyone agreed back then that we should not let it happen," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Unfortunately, we have to deal with what’s happened and our partners are now calling for some peaceful and quiet revolutions, while in fact, any revolution eventually leads to bloodshed," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I'd like to say that we've also reached an interagency agreement and prepared proposals yesterday, they have been authorized already. Proposals on introducing asymmetric sanctions against the relevant persons from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. If other countries also enforce sanctions against Belarus, we will take the relevant adequate measures and produce an adequate answer” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Those are the people who have been genuinely brazenly trying to interfere in domestic affairs of the Belarusian state by making the relevant political statements. Moreover, they made specific proposals on financial support for opponents of the government. It is absolutely unacceptable for us. We interpret it as interference in domestic affairs” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : “It was surprising for me when literally on the second day after the presidential election when it was still unclear how the situation will develop, opinions were voiced, primarily from the side of the Baltic states, that it is necessary to immediately introduce sanctions against Belarus,” “In order to evaluate the situation, it is necessary to examine what is going on and produce a genuinely objective evaluation – whether those were peaceful protests or those were definitely organized provocations against law enforcement agencies, which had to respond to these provocations as a result” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The latter to a greater extent predetermine the former ones. Nevertheless, I would like to say that we withstood the first attack and did not allow the Ukrainian scenario, the scenario of a color revolution to be implemented in Belarus,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

news-yahoo Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

afp-en Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “You know me well, you know Belarus and Belarusians. It is not the 18th century now, not 2010 and not even 2015. The Republic of Belarus is a reality. Reality for Europe, reality for the European Union, reality for each of your countries. Therefore, I urge you to live with it and stay in touch with this reality,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 21, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Changes are needed, no one denies it. But not at the cost of civil confrontation or revolutions as in this case the number of victims and negative consequences will be many times bigger. We have already been thrown back many years in our development due to the events of the recent days,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “You can see that the countries to which ambassadors have been appointed today play an important role both in the region and in the world as a whole. Our relations with them have been developing dynamically and progressively,” External link

Belta_en Monday, July 20, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “In order to ensure full independence, we, every one of us, of course, have to put a lot of effort, including we, diplomats, to defend the interests of our country in the foreign policy arena, to promote foreign economic interests, and to try to steer our country, our ship in this turbulent sea of confrontation into calm waters,” External link

Belta_en Friday, July 3, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus is completing the domestic procedures to approve the candidacy for the post of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the USA. I believe that when the procedures are finished, and it will be soon enough, we will announce the name of the Ambassador. We want the Ambassador to arrive in Washington, the USA, and get down to work as soon as possible. The American party is also interested in this,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Such events are very important today when the world is split into at least two parts, when the world is dominated by confrontation instead of the desire for tranquility, peace, and stability,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei concluded : “I would like us to work together and do our best so that our future could be peaceful and calm, so that we would have excellent relations with all countries, including the USA” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the Victory Day parade in Moscow, the Russian president invited his Belarusian counterpart to take part in the ceremony to inaugurate the Rzhev memorial. The program of a possible visit of the Belarusian president is in the works. I think that the Belarusian president will accept the invitation and attend the ceremony,” “This will give the two heads of state a good opportunity to speak and discuss the important matters of bilateral and multilateral interaction,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Healthcare Ministry ) : “Yes, we will. We've asked the Healthcare Ministry what they think about the epidemic situation, how we should act if foreign observers come to monitor the election. We will use the response to formulate our proposals” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I am confident (and you can hardly argue with it) that over the recent four or five years after the relations with the EU and other western states started improving, we have achieved more than over the previous 16 years of sanctions. We are taking meaningful action to diversify our foreign policy and trade, however if things take an undesirable turn, it will erode all the gains. No one wants it, no one will benefit from it,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We had a serious, pragmatic, committed conversation. As for the behavior of the chairman of the State Control Committee, I should say that in my opinion he presented rather serious, convincing facts that testify that certain individuals have committed specific crimes relating to money laundering and tax evasion. As you know, such things are punished very seriously in any country” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 19, 2020 6:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We have the general understanding but we need intensive negotiations to settle the issues in trade and economic cooperation,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 19, 2020 6:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We need to abolish the haulage pass system. This will serve as an additional incentive to boost transport and logistics activities,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “For Belarus one of the tangible results of the Eastern Partnership initiative over the last decade has been the signing of the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission, which will come into force on 1 July. Now we count on productive negotiations with the EU on the customs agreement and the beginning of the negotiations on the Belarus-EU framework agreement as the next logical steps,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are ready to cooperate openly and transparently with European institutions. Technological innovations deserve to be included into all spheres of cooperation of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. Several days ago Belarus spread its proposal about setting up an IT school of the Eastern Partnership in Minsk in order to improve the qualification of young people in partner states in the area of digital technologies. I hope you could support our proposal” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We consider cooperation with the United States in the oil sector to be a core element of energy security of the state, to be a crucial part of trade and investment engagement between the parties that has a significant potential, and a factor consolidating economic sovereignty of our country. We are working with the U.S. side to further the bilateral economic ties. Opportunities in trade and capital investment created by Minsk and Washington are beneficial for U.S. and Belarusian companies,” External link

Belta_en Friday, May 15, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “This is a long battle from the point of view of health and economic recovery and we will be able to win it only if we stay united,” External link

Belta_en Friday, May 15, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Despite the fact that the current difficult epidemiological situation forces us to temporarily abandon the traditional formats of meetings, it does not affect our readiness to make active efforts to prepare new conceptual documents that determine the further development of integration processes in the CIS,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Given the challenges our countries are facing in the current turbulent epidemiological situation, I think it would be advisable to take a close look at the last two documents once again with a view to strengthening the parts related to scientific, technical and industrial cooperation in healthcare. In general, I suggest discussing in detail the joint efforts of the CIS member states to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways to overcome its consequences at the upcoming meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Every year we move further and further from those horrible times. We know about that war from people to took part in it and who, unfortunately, become fewer – our war veterans,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We hope that a clear and concrete decision will be made that will allow Belarusian citizens to come back to the home country from the remote locations they have gone to thanks to Russian travel agencies. We also hope that Belarusian citizens will be allowed to cross Russia in transit using all kinds of transportation” External link

Belta_en Friday, March 20, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Unfortunately, I was unable to come to Warsaw on an official visit on 19-20 March. But it is good we can meet this way thanks to advances in technology,” External link

Belta_en Friday, March 20, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “Let's resolve issues with oil deliveries first and then think about other things” External link

Belta_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “Belarus assumes that the commitment of states to negotiate nuclear disarmament enshrined in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is one of the strategic objectives of the document, and advocates a balanced and gradual step-by-step approach to the process, making it multilateral and irreversible. There is no doubt that the nuclear-weapon states should have a special role and responsibility in this matter. However, the ambitious objectives of Article 6 of the NPT - negotiations not only on nuclear disarmament but also on the Treaty on Universal and Full Disarmament under strict and effective international control - cannot be met without reducing confrontation, restoring trust and consolidated actions of all members of the international community, large and small, both nuclear and non-nuclear, without exception,” “Having made a historic choice more than 25 years ago to renounce the possession of nuclear weapons, Belarus in fact showed its commitment to the goal of universal and complete nuclear disarmament. Today we continue to make efforts in this direction. Confirmation is the initiative of the Belarusian head of state to draw up a multilateral political declaration on the non-deployment of medium and shorter-range missiles in Europe to fill the legal vacuum created after the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The relations with Hungary are advancing in virtually all the areas; the two countries maintain political contacts; a direct dialogue with the minister of foreign affairs and trade has been established,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We maintained the level of diplomatic work and significantly increased its pace in some parts. We have increased the intensity and expanded the geography of foreign visits at the supreme and highest levels. Bilateral cooperation with our foreign partners has been steadily developing on all tracks. Staying committed to the unconditional fulfillment of all the obligations towards Russia, our strategic ally and main trading partner, Belarus continued to strengthen the positive trend towards normalization of relations on the Euro-Atlantic vector,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our partners have compiled a list of over 4,500 enterprises they would like to modernize. They would like us to also actively work with these enterprises” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we have discussed pooling our efforts in the international scene that are aimed at resolving conflicts which, unfortunately, exist in our region and in the world,” “We are ready to join efforts in peacekeeping with Switzerland and do everything to make our joint activities and cooperation contribute to peace and security for the sake of future generations,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei responded : “Belarus, just like Switzerland, cannot leave the sphere of someone's interests, the sphere of interests of big neighbors. Unfortunately, we cannot just relocate Belarus and Switzerland to some other, more comfortable place” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus will move forward in line with its national interests. Our principled position is that we cannot and will not be friends with somebody against somebody else,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Moreover, we had to admit that in the past years, unfortunately, we underestimated the importance of close cooperation between our countries. We have agreed to do everything to make up for the lost time in the coming years,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Tadeusz Kościuszko ) : “Our event is dedicated to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, one of the most famous and celebrated natives of Belarus, whose name is important for Belarus, the United States, Poland and, taking into account the historical context, for Lithuania. We are attracted to Kosciuszko by the incredible scope of his personality,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Tadeusz Kościuszko ) : “However, despite the ambiguity of the assessment of Tadeusz Kosciuszko's personality, his impact on the course of historical events is unquestionable,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our countries are interested in maintaining international security and stability, in the quickest normalization of the situation in the region, in finding new forms and ways to combat global threats and challenges,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are grateful to Lithuania for its support to this educational institution that provides education to 230 students. A lot of graduates of the gymnasium enter Belarusian universities,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “These agreements laid the basis for the bilateral relations. Today our main task is to continue following the principles of good neighborly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation for the benefit of the two countries,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The Belarusian side understands concerns in the Lithuanian society, but would like to point out that our cooperation with the IAEA and the European Union is absolutely transparent. We've voluntarily arranged stress tests, although we didn't have to” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Grand Duchy ) : “Belarus and Lithuania are not just neighbors. They share centuries-long history. We can interpret it differently but one thing is clear: we lived as one state, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for centuries. The two countries enjoy close economic, humanitarian and inter-human contacts. The capitals of the two countries are just 180km apart. I am confident that it is in the interests of both the states to keep the dialogue going and develop mutually beneficial cooperation for the good of our people,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The visit began with a positive exchange of opinions, with the understanding that even if there are problems (not even problems but minor issues) in our relations, we should start negotiations and discuss them” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are going to discuss all the matters relating to our bilateral and multilateral relations” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I am convinced that the visit will continue today and tomorrow in the same spirit and that all our agreements will be absolutely positive,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : “The Lithuanian diaspora in Belarus includes a total of over 5,000 people,” “The state policy in Belarus is aimed at preserving peace, calm, and stability in our society. It is designed to prevent any interreligious and interethnic conflicts. What we see here is a vivid testimony of how people of different nationalities can live and be neighbors. Lithuanians, Belarusians, and other people live in this beautiful corner of Belarus without any problems” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei wrote : “I am very impressed with the visit to possibly one of the most beautiful places in Grodno Oblast – Rymdyuny. Sincere and diligent people – Lithuanians and Belarusians – have lived here side by side for centuries. I sincerely wish prosperity, happiness, and wellbeing to the residents” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “From our point of view moving the kindergarten by several kilometers to another populated locality would result in problems with the transportation of kids. There is another option: the kindergarten can be left here, can be merged with the school, and the premises can be refurnished. It will require some financial investment but we've agreed that we will also use capabilities of the good neighborhood program [tools of the European Neighborhood Policy], and will think about ways to resolve the issue. It is now necessary to put together a concrete program of action and get down to implementing it” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The current visit of the Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs is of symbolic importance. We see it as the basis for the beginning of a new qualitative period in the bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The visit began with a positive exchange of opinions, with the understanding that even if there are problems (not even problems but minor issues) in our relations, we should start negotiations and discuss them” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are going to discuss all the matters relating to our bilateral and multilateral relations” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We intend, are ready, and will make every effort in order to end the crisis in Ukraine's east as soon as possible. We are ready to offer Belarus as a venue for any meetings and negotiations” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei believes : “But all the parties to the conflict should be genuinely interested in it,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are actively involved in the dialogue on human rights with the United States of America. We are engaged in this dialogue not just for the sake of the dialogue, but to discuss specific issues and to find appropriate measures to improve the situation in this area. We are not standing in one place, we are going forward. I believe that we will gradually reconcile our positions on the remaining issues,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus might not be an absolutely ideal country in this respect. We do understand that we should undertake reforms in some areas,” “We are working on it. In line with the recommendations of the United Nations, we have developed the national plan on human rights, and we are implementing it quite successfully together with the non-governmental organizations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are quite interested in the American business coming here to Belarus and working quite actively. We are interested in more active cooperation between different governmental structures,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach absolute importance to this visit. The last visit of the U.S. Secretary of State to Belarus was 26 years ago. The current visit is a clear evidence of the intensifying interaction between Belarus and the United States. We believe that the visit will give a significant impetus to the progressive normalization of bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties exchanged views on the situation in the region and prospects for Belarus' interaction with the Nato bloc. Belarus' intention to make efforts to preserve peace and security on the continent was also noted,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach absolute importance to this visit. The last visit of the U.S. Secretary of State to Belarus was 26 years ago. The current visit is a clear evidence of the intensifying interaction between Belarus and the United States. We believe that the visit will give a significant impetus to the progressive normalization of bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties exchanged views on the situation in the region and prospects for Belarus' interaction with the Nato bloc. Belarus' intention to make efforts to preserve peace and security on the continent was also noted,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This visit is an obvious proof that Belarus and American relations are become more active, and the visit, as we see it, must give a new impetus to the normalization of the relations between the two states,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "the Belarusian side expects the U.S. to play its part in resolving the crisis" External link

unian-en Saturday, February 1, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "We support any format, including participation of the United States, only if they would help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but it requires a genuine interest of all parties involved in this process," External link

itartass_en Saturday, February 1, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "As for Belarus' stance on Ukraine, everybody knows it. We intend to do our utmost to ensure that the crisis in Ukraine ends as soon as possible. We are ready to provide a venue for any meetings and talks in Belarus. We support any formats, including with the U.S. participation, if only they help to settle the crisis in Ukraine," External link

interfax-ua-en Saturday, February 1, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Both sides could determine their priority areas of interest within the framework of such a dialogue. This could be compatibility of technical norms and standards in the manufacturing industry, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations in agricultural production, with an ultimate goal of expanding mutual trade. Many technical regulations and standards of the EAEU are already in the works taking into account European and international norms,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I believe it cannot be described better,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus has always sought (this year as well) to contribute to the development of a unifying agenda aimed at ensuring peace, stability, and security in our region and in the world as a whole,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Have our hopes come true? Unfortunately not. The deepening chronic crisis of confidence, the weakening arms control regime, the rapid enhancement of the military potential, and the widening political and ideological gap are genuine causes of catastrophe," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "What do we suggest? In 2017, the Belarusian president called for resuming strategic dialogue aimed at settling differences and reviving the spirit of the Helsinki process. He called for holding a summit and having a frank and open discussion of the current state of affairs and ways of fixing and resetting the security architecture in Europe at the highest level. This proposal is still on the table," "Belarus is ready to invest jointly with like-minded countries in the search for solutions to shifting from the existent paradigm of conflict to the paradigm of security based on cooperation," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Belarus has called for elaborating a multilateral declaration, by which countries will undertake a definitive and firm commitment not to deploy intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in their territories and not to produce such missiles. We realize that the implementation of this initiative will require political will and intense effort," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Peace is hard to achieve, yet easy to break. We need a new ‘Marshall Plan' for European security, a plan where all the participating states could invest in creating reliable security mechanisms in our region” External link

Belta_en Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we have discussed this matter, the initiatives that have recently been put forward by the Belarusian head of state. Some of our partners, in particular, the foreign minister of Russia that will assume presidency [in the CSTO] next year also upheld these initiatives,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He informed about the actions NATO has been taking recently on western borders of our organization. He cited specific facts” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are absolutely open for a dialogue and are ready for it. I think that we will finally come to terms,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei suggested : “Belarus would facilitate stability, not turbulence,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei remarked : “Whereas the EU is taking care of individual rights in the first place, we emphasize social rights, such as the rights to work, to have a residence, education and social welfare. Ours is the old Soviet style of thinking,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Belarus hold a principled stance on this issue: only the UN Security Council has the right to introduce sanctions," "We are against any attempts made by any states to replace this body and introduce unilateral economic, trade, financial and other measures with the aim to reach their own goals" External link

itartass_en Monday, November 18, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “It is an important working document to guide cooperation. It includes over 20 events,” “The consultations will traditionally be held to discuss all matters of cooperation in regional and international organizations and on the bilateral basis” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Another topic that requires our common attention is the practice of using unilateral sanctions by a number of global players. Western countries and their partners have been taking consistent steps to empower some international organizations with non-traditional judicial and other functions. Belarus takes a principled position on this issue: it is only the UN Security Council that has the right to impose sanctions,” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The issue of sanctions requires joint steps by Minsk and Moscow in the United Nations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I would like to dwell on one of the most alarming challenges of today – the situation around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Its dismantling has led to an increase in military and political tensions in various parts of the globe, including in Europe. In the current situation Belarus and Russia in association with Western partners should do their best to prevent the deployment of the relevant missiles on our continent” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "We see Russia as our main ally, as our natural neighbor," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "And the confrontation they are currently in affects us and our neighbors. First and foremost, this concerns sanctions and countersanctions between Russia and Western states, which affects us a lot as an open, export-oriented state," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We are not holding political consultations related to the so-called enhanced integration with Russia and do not plan to do so. This is about deeper economic integration between our countries in a number of areas which are of interest to us and are of real significance to the economic development of our nation," External link

interfax-ua-en Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "It is true that at the initial stage, as I understand it, medium-ranked representatives of Russian ministries made certain proposals which were completely unacceptable to the Belarusian side and contravened our understanding of deeper integration between our countries. We said definitively that we could not accept those, and the presidents of Belarus and Russia supported our stance. It was decided to focus on deeper economic integration, which absolutely meets our needs," "We agreed that every proposal aimed at enhancing integration between Belarus and Russia will be based on the Union State Treaty, which was signed almost 20 years ago. There is no need for new ideas or new proposals; all we need to do is look at the provisions of that treaty and check what has been done and what hasn't. The drafts of our program and roadmaps are based solely on the provisions of the treaty adopted 20 years ago," External link

interfax-ua-en Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "This is not only and not so much a merit of the Belarusian diplomacy. We should look deeper. The point is that the leadership of Belarus always proceeds from the need to have sincerity in relations with any state. If you are interested in cooperation with any country, you should do it sincerely. This is the basis for good relations with all the leaders of the brotherly Ukraine," External link

Belta_en Monday, October 14, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Once it has been voiced, we have seen some interest. A number of colleagues has showed interest. They approached me at the UN, saying that this is a timely initiative and very important. Let's see how the situation will develop. Because, in our opinion, it makes no sense to sit idle doing nothing and waiting until this stage of confrontation is over. There will be no results,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 14, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the traditional exchange of opinions about the situation in the region we will explain Belarus' stance on a number of matters of current interest relating to peacekeeping, security, economic development in our country and around it in the European region and the post-Soviet space. It is exceedingly important. We are going to speak about the initiatives the head of state has recently put forward with regard to enforcing peace and security” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The session is very important, concrete, and meaningful. It gives a good opportunity to meet and discuss current matters and interaction meant to enable greater cooperation in the post-Soviet space” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We have indeed arranged a meeting between the presidents. It will be held tomorrow. The presidents will discuss ways to develop and strengthen relations between the two countries. It is no secret that we have certain disagreements. I am sure that during the upcoming meeting and future contacts we will find a way to settle the issues that, unfortunately, exist in our relations,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Europe, including Belarus as its essential part, has always been particularly sensitive to any change in international security. In recent years, we have been living with a constant storm warning on. The times when a spirit of peace and healthy partnership prevailed on the European continent have been swept away by the gusts of geopolitical tension and confrontation. The European region is rapidly entering an era of strategic instability, unpredictability and redistribution of influence by world players,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei replied : “Belarus would never take principal decisions under pressure from without, only on the basis of the analysis of whether or not Belarus’s national interests are met” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei acknowledged : “Incidentally, I have a hard time understanding,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei remarked : “When someone makes declarations like ‘I am no diplomat, I am military,’ that implies it did not make sense to enlist him as a diplomat in the first place,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “Unfortunately, we could not get a response from our European partners on the date of the event for a long time. When we finally received the answer, it turned out that there were certain overlays with the schedule of political events that are taking place in Belarus. We have not been able to ensure a high level of the event and the high-level meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. Due to the overlapping schedules of the general political events both in the European Union and in Belarus, we had to postpone the meeting,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Europe, including Belarus as its essential part, has always been particularly sensitive to any change in international security. In recent years, we have been living with a constant storm warning on. The times when a spirit of peace and healthy partnership prevailed on the European continent have been swept away by the gusts of geopolitical tension and confrontation. The European region is rapidly entering an era of strategic instability, unpredictability and redistribution of influence by world players,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “One can see particularly clearly the danger of inaction and of the lack of political will to seek compromises from Belarus where European and Eurasian integration meet, where the border between NATO member states and CSTO member states lies, from a country close to Ukraine where the ongoing conflict continues taking human lives. Belarus does not want to land on a line of civilizational split and at the spearhead of a Russia-NATO standoff” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I hope that this year we will pay a full-fledged visit to the European Union,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The alignment of the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union will help avoid harmful competition of the integrations, the emergence of new dividing lines in Europe, and will help resolve the protracted local conflicts. Belarus, as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, calls on the European Union to start a direct dialogue with the EAEU on a number of key areas of mutual interest, and they do exist. It is high time to take this dialogue beyond technical contacts between the European Commission and the Eurasian Economic Commission,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted ( about John Bolton ) : “Let me explain my own point of view. Many people call John Bolton a hawk or some other names but I liked the fact the man has his own strategic vision, defends his stance and tries to understand the conversation partner's views,” “It seems to us he left with a clear understanding that the Belarusian-American dialogue should continue. Although certainly Belarus is not a priority in the foreign policy of the United States of America” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Everything is possible in the world. I am personally convinced such a meeting would help clarify the situation or eliminate the lingering issues in our relations with the USA that we unfortunately cannot overcome for now” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei responded : “Judging from the statements made by individual politicians in Russia, the perception varies. However, we have always said and will keep saying that we are not going to be friends with anyone to the detriment of Russia or against Russia. Our president has recently reiterated it again” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our relations with the West are not that advanced as the relations between the West and Russia. Russia maintains much more active contacts with the USA and the European Union; there are appropriate institutional structures like the councils for cooperation between Russia and the EU and Russia and NATO. Therefore, we do not understand the reaction of some unintelligent and incompetent, to put it mildly, politicians and MPs in Russia to our readiness to sign the visa facilitation agreement and the readmission agreement with the European Union. You know, as far as I remember, Russia signed this agreement with the European Union back in 2006. And when some Russian MPs say that the very fact that Belarus is ready to sign these agreements today is an unfriendly and hostile act against Russia, it is not just bewildering; I cannot even find words to describe this kind of statements,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : "I would like to point out that from our standpoint, the program in itself poses no danger. Why? First, we strongly believe that maintaining the sovereignty of our countries is a top priority, in this particular case, the matter is about the sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Generations have grown up in an independent state and no one is ready to sacrifice it. Besides, I don’t get how the country’s first president, who founded an independent state, could sacrifice independence," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "There are no deviations from the Treaty. Indeed, frankly speaking, some of the initial initiatives were absolutely unacceptable, particularly for Belarus," "For instance, it concerned the creation of some supranational bodies, which in fact runs counter to the Treaty," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The presidents are set to have a meeting timed to the 20th anniversary of the Union State Treaty and instructed their governments to draft appropriate roadmaps to settle the remaining issues. We hope that everything will work” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is not normal when relations are damaged in today's world where everything is interconnected. After all, let us be frank, the USA is the world's leader and I believe it will remain so in the nearest decade. We are interested in mending ties with the United States. We would like to quit the confrontation rhetoric that dominated our relations some ten years ago when we initiated the withdrawal of the ambassadors from both countries,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Eurasian Economic Commission ) : “The event will help our EAEU partners compare notes and exchange experience of work to achieve SDGs. It will also enable the Eurasian Economic Union to speak with one voice in the global debate on the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, addressing common problems and at the same time emphasizing the diversity of the EAEU countries,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our country urges to start working on the draft declaration as soon as possible. We call upon states on both sides of the Atlantic, who care about the fate of humanity, to support us in this endeavor. The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe could be proper venues for this work,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Against the backdrop of the planet's ever-rising population, and the resulting increased exploitation of its limited resources, we are witnessing how the problem of climate change is getting increasingly worse. It may well be the case that we are approaching the point of no return, unless a decisive action is taken here. In the meantime, the international community's attempts to reduce emissions are clearly lagging behind the destructive dynamics triggered by climate change,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we find ourselves in a situation of contradictory and dangerous realities. It is crystal clear that we need to find responses to common challenges before these realities lead to disastrous consequences. I believe that many will agree that this is not the situation in which the international community would like to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations next year. The anniversary summit should provide a powerful incentive to the search for responses to the challenges and should contribute to a considerable increase in the UN's role in strengthening peace and security, resuming a dialogue, restoring trust, and, most importantly, preventing the threat of a global conflict,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “If the anniversary summit becomes just another protocol-type event, everyone will lose: both the organization and all its members. The ominous ghost of World War III may then become a reality,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “In the context of contradictions and increased competition between countries, cyberspace is increasingly becoming another arena for confrontation. We constantly hear about devastating hacker attacks. All this attests to the scale of the threats in this area, while it simultaneously emphasizes the need to expand interstate digital cooperation and enhance mutual trust in the information sphere,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “Digital sovereignty should guarantee a country's ability to control its information field, prevent and block cyberattacks, and provide reliable protection for critical infrastructure. Digital neutrality means that countries should not take action in cyberspace that affects other states' security,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The memories of tens of millions of victims of the Second World War, of the Nazi atrocities and criminal policies of genocide prompted us to agree on a world order that still helps us avert a new global conflict. Consequences of such a conflict would be disastrous for the entire planet. Yet, unfortunately, we are now closer to the brink of the precipice than ever before,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “These are not just some single pieces but a wide range of products both for the industrial and agricultural purpose. We are determined to keep the momentum,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 13, 2019 11:54:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He practically established the foundation for our cooperation there at a most difficult time. We hope that with his diplomatic experience he will be able to organize work in Turkmenistan in the direction we need” External link

Belta_en Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The IPU's philosophy, the desire to bolster peace and security, promote democratic international relations are close to us. This is why we believe it is important for the IPU acting on behalf of the global parliamentary dimension to get more involved in finding answers to global challenges and threats,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 3, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This conference is one of events aimed at promoting this idea,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 3, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “If the involvement of the United States and other countries will make this process faster, then who will be against? I think everyone will agree with that,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The work of the OSCE's trilateral contact group was also mentioned, just like the Normandy format meeting several years ago,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I mean ongoing trade and economic disputes between individual states. Our stance on this issue is clear. The Belarusian side calls for finding a compromise instead of engaging in trade wars. Belarus believes that parties need to meet each other halfway while addressing thorny issues. Belarus believes that any feud, in particular feuds between geopolitical powers, immediately affects the entire economic situation, economic cooperation, in particular, mid-size and small countries, like Belarus. Therefore, we are deeply interested in resolving this kind of trade and economic disputes peacefully, at the negotiating table, instead of issuing various kinds of ultimatums,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei informed : “President of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Sarac will come to Belarus in October to discuss educational partnerships and preparations for the Belarus-Turkey forum of higher education institutions,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach great importance to further expansion of the presence of the Turkish business in Belarus, enhancement of its investment activity,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are promoting constructive political cooperation and maintaining regular contacts at the level of the presidents, parliaments and governments,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The head of state emphasized it as he met with the Turkish foreign minister today,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Therefore, our today's talks were focused on the tasks set by the heads of state, in particular, efforts to expand trade, reduce the trade imbalance, boost investment and launch new joint economic projects. We have arrived at the conclusion that we need to take advantage of untapped opportunities to scale up cooperation in various sectors,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the negotiations we discussed a broad range of matters on the bilateral agenda and the international one in a traditionally open and friendly manner. I would like to once again emphasize that we have no fundamental differences of opinion with Turkey, including in approaches to the most important regional and international affairs” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I think we will be able to overcome this negative trend by the end of the year. We do not give up our goal. We are ready to implement the maximum number of projects that will allow us to reach the threshold that we have set,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 23, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “It should be taken into account that, unfortunately, the economic situation in Georgia has deteriorated slightly due to the restrictions imposed by the Russian Federation. Therefore, there are certain economic issues. I believe, however, that Georgia will manage to settle the matter,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 23, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “For Belarus Latvia is traditionally an important trading and economic partner. This country is one of the ten major markets for Belarusian exports. We have thoroughly examined the future prospects for our trade and economic interaction, specific projects,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There is a proposal to our president to visit Latvia. It has been accepted; we are yet to agree on acceptable dates. The visit should be carefully prepared so that we can discuss and approve concrete projects,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our meetings have become regular. This is evidence of the positive momentum in the Belarusian-Latvian dialogue. Moreover, there is mutual interest in raising bilateral cooperation to a higher level. We have no disagreements in bilateral relations. We are on the same page as for the majority of international issues. Today we touched upon every topic, including those of mutual interest. It is very important to support dialogue so as to be able to find mutually acceptable solutions. I am confident that our countries will maintain good neighborly, partner and mutually beneficial relations, which meets the logic taking into account the geographical position, shared history, culture and traditions, mutual interest in the realization of the potential of bilateral cooperation,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “As you know, Belarus has launched a 30-day visa-free program for citizens of nearly 80 countries. We are not going to stop at this and are working on further steps. We have prepared the proposals for the government on electronic visas for nationals of third countries,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “A thorough investigation is underway. It will give us a complete picture of what has happened. In our view, there are no political motives,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus is interested in restoring the level of multipronged and mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation the two countries had before the armed conflict in Syria,” External link

Belta_en Monday, July 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "There are contrasting assessments regarding certain issues. During the meeting it will be possible to bring them closer and develop common understanding of what the integration process should look like," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We would like the diplomats, who have worked here for years – some spend 5-6 years here, some more than ten – to leave Belarus with a feeling they've spent this time as if they were at home. Belarus is home to representatives of over 140 nationalities, 26 religious denominations. The key principle of our state policy is to secure peace, tranquility, tolerance, and friendship in the society,” External link

Belta_en Friday, July 5, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We keep cooperating with the Council of Europe. Another program for the coming several years has been drafted. Therefore, we will keep working on settling the remaining disputes without fuss,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 28, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties are still working on the proposals on ways of deepening the integration. No amendments [to the Union State Treaty] are intended,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 28, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is a great pity to say goodbye to the people who have done a lot for the bilateral relations and a positive image of Germany in our country,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We persistently promote our initial vision of the Eastern Partnership as a pragmatic, equal, and flexible tool for cooperation, a means to reduce confrontation, build up trust and blur dividing lines. In conditions of regional tensions in this period of history this vision coincides a lot with perceptions of the European Union” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Multiple meetings at various international venues in EaP countries as well as Brussels, European Union member states in 2018 and 2019 were dedicated to results achieved in the first decade of the Eastern Partnership Initiative,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “In most cases the Eastern Partnership Initiative is perceived simply as some arithmetic sum of accomplishments and failures in relations of the partner countries with the European Union without taking into account regional context. We would love things to be exactly like that. We would love the Eastern Partnership Initiative to be a purely technical project without any politics,” “However, in reality Belarus just like other neighbors of the European Union has to look at the Eastern Partnership Initiative from the geopolitical point of view. Physics tells us that any action causes reaction. We, people who live here, understand well (maybe even better that some politicians in Brussels) that the system of mutual relations in our region is a tangle of multidirectional active and reactive forces. It has always been like that. The Eastern Partnership Initiative did not appear in vacuum ten years ago. It appeared in conditions of an existing combination of forces, the level of trust, interaction between various entities. Whether it was intended or not, but the initiative most seriously influenced this equation” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei stated : “It has been recognized that the Eastern Partnership Initiative should be adapted to interests of all the neighboring countries, including those unwilling to get integrated into the European Union. Encouraging cooperation between these countries is now a priority. It has been stated that the European Union does not force its neighbors to choose between their geopolitical partners” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Like many politicians and businesses in the West, Belarus sees great promise in a harmonized economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. In our view, to make this vision a reality, Belarus and the EU should sign a framework agreement taking into account Belarus' commitments to the EAEU and its aspiration to join the WTO, which will hopefully make progress after the appropriate negotiations with the EU are complete. The commencement of the negotiations on the agreement without preconditions should be a top priority in the relations between Belarus and the EU in the near future,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This autumn, we together with colleagues from the European External Action Service are planning to hold official high-level events on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in Minsk. In the future we hope to host the next summit of the Eastern Partnership,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about error ) : “We believe plans to reinforce the USA's military presence in the countries Belarus borders with, primarily Poland, represent a major error. This military presence will break the balance of forces in the region. What is the purpose of it? Rebuffing a threat? It is unimaginable that in the 21st century someone may dare provoke a direct military clash considering the current level of armed potential accumulated in the region” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today this system is highly explosive because of the critical deficit of political will, escalation of disagreements in ideological and other mattes, demolition of weapons control systems and trust, trade wars and information wars,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is sad that Belarus, a donor of stability, a sponsor of peacekeeping efforts and an indirect victim of countersanctions, is also under sanctions, though minimal,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “As our relations did not come back to normalcy, the head of state thought it would be premature to accept the invitation to attend the Eastern Partnership anniversary events held in Brussels in May,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Sharing information, harmonizing standards and technical regulations, removing excessive hindrances in trade, encouraging manufacturing cooperation at the level of the countries, which are members of both unions – all these promising and highly sought themes of cooperation are politically neutral and are geared towards long-term stability and prosperity on the scale of entire Europe. I don't see why interaction that benefits both sides should be stopped by political barriers” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “In our view, Russia has recently got a better understanding that Belarus' participation in the Eastern Partnership initiative is not aimed against Russia,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “One of the most important achievements is making our partners understand that the Eastern Partnership should not provoke further confrontation. As you see, over the past 4-5 years, the Eastern Partnership became more pragmatic and focused on achieving tangible results that could be visible to ordinary people. The results are indeed appreciable, but we want more of them,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 11:19:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This is only one of our many proposals to facilitate the crossing of the Belarus-EU common border. What do we need for that? First of all, the willingness of both sides,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “No doubt, the organization has achieved some positive results. At the same time, we should admit that a number of restrictions and exemptions still remain in place. We are working on this, of course, but I would not want these exemptions and restrictions to gain momentum. We want a balance between Eurasian and European economic integration processes, but unfortunately, the remaining issues in our union make some external players skeptical about it. They start viewing the EAEU as someone's geopolitical project. We are working with these players. However, we strongly believe that we need to remove all barriers in mutual trade, promote cooperation in the manufacturing industry, ensure free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce, and this is a quite ambitious task,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “No doubt, the organization has achieved some positive results. At the same time, we should admit that a number of restrictions and exemptions still remain in place. We are working on this, of course, but I would not want these exemptions and restrictions to gain momentum. We want a balance between Eurasian and European economic integration processes, but unfortunately, the remaining issues in our union make some external players skeptical about it. They start viewing the EAEU as someone's geopolitical project. We are working with these players. However, we strongly believe that we need to remove all barriers in mutual trade, promote cooperation in the manufacturing industry, ensure free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce, and this is a quite ambitious task,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We've discussed the entire spectrum of matters, including those relating to the fulfillment of provisions of the Union State treaty. As you know, the parties have exchanged the relevant proposals, the relevant working group led by the Russian economic development minister and the Belarusian economy minister has been created. This working group will work on the list of proposals and will reconcile the aspects where there are certain differences of opinion. We presume that provisions of the Union State treaty are strategic and do not require a revision. Today one should probably talk about updating the action program on fulfilling the treaty” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We've confirmed the interest of our countries in advancing integration processes in the Eurasian Economic Union, in taking interaction in the CIS space, in the Collective Security Treaty Organization to the next level,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We paid considerable attention to the preparations for the next meeting of the boards of the ministries of foreign affairs. Given the high efficiency of the biennial programs of concerted action in foreign policy of the states - parties to the Union State Treaty we agreed on the modalities of such a program for 2020-2021,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “2019 is the anniversary year as we will mark 20 years of the signing of the Union State Treaty in December. The ministries of foreign affairs of Belarus and Russia are approaching the anniversary date with a well-oiled mechanism for bilateral interactions. We effectively coordinate work on international arena,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our meeting is taking place in the run-up to an important event – 2nd European Games that will kick off in Minsk in several weeks. We invite Russians to visit Belarus during this large-scale, stunning and spectacular sports event,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Of course, they need to meet first, discuss the proposals, put everything together and then after the discussion (this cannot be done without a joint meeting) will report to the heads of state on the things they agreed upon,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Of course we need to discuss oil issues. We need to come to grips with the issues that are overripe,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus will gladly uphold any UNESCO's initiatives that contribute to a constructive dialogue and removal of dividing lines between countries and peoples, initiatives that bring people together, help find common ground and prevent tensions from turning into full conflicts,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There is a great deal of questions. As always, we intend to openly and sincerely discuss the entire agenda of our relations with my counterpart” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Within the framework of such meetings we usually analyze interaction, cooperation both on the bilateral basis and the multilateral format. This time we are going to discuss preparations for and the organization of a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian ministries of foreign affairs, which is due in Russia in autumn, and contours of the next program of concerted actions in the area of foreign policy,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He and I discuss all the issues, including the hottest ones. We always openly and sincerely discus all the matters relating to our bilateral cooperation and interaction within the framework of multilateral organizations” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Given the leading role of UNESCO in the development of international approaches to addressing the problems associated with the development of the information society and information security in the humanitarian field, we need to increase our participation in such intergovernmental programmes as the Information for All Programme (IFAP), the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and the Memory of the World Programme,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are glad to celebrate 65 years of fruitful cooperation in the name of the good cause. We confirm that since our country joined UNESCO, it has remained committed to the principles of the organization,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There was an opportunity to talk to Ukraine's outgoing top officials about the continuity of our bilateral relations. I discussed this matter in detail with my counterpart Klimkin, too. I believe that there is a clear understanding in Ukraine that Belarus is an important partner and that Ukraine should never expect any wicked actions on the part of Belarus” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:40:00 PM EAT



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minister7.30%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
belarusian foreign minister29.46%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
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foreign affairs minister0.27%EN09/22/201722/09/2017
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belarusian minister of foreign affairs1.08%EN09/24/201624/09/2016
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Vladimir MakeiEN51.92%
Vladimir MakeiFR25.32%
Vladimir MakeiES22.25%
Vladimir MakeiPT0.26%
Vladimir MakeïFR0.26%


 
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Alexander Lukashenko said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “He asked for a diplomatic job, speaks a foreign language. Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei also asks for him,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Peter Szijjarto said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “The document relating to interregional cooperation will give us the opportunity to enhance interaction: now this will be the work not only between the capitals Minsk and Budapest. Now it will be the work at the scale of the countries. We also signed a program of cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for this year. Here I wish to point out the excellent level of relations. Through consultations, demonstrating understanding, through mutual trust and respect we could have avoided many conflicts in the world and I am sure we will be able to prevent them in the future. Regular meetings at the level of foreign ministers and their deputies will be continued. With minister Vladimir Makei, by the way, we hold not only bilateral meetings but we also participate in international forums. This helps even better understand each other's positions and provide mutual support on many issues on the international agenda,” External link

Belta_en Monday, January 21, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Witold Waszczykowski said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “We nurtured historical tradition; we have done so in the past and will continue to do so. I bring good news today we have made a small but important step towards explaining certain historical events. Minister Makei brought with him some information found in Belarusian archives, regarding the fate of many Poles,” External link

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Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

msn-uk Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:59:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

france24-en Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has become involved upon the initiative of the European Union. As if this organization had no other, more urgent matters to attend to. It was suggested that the so-called Moscow Mechanism should be used against Belarus. We dealt with a situation like that in 2011. I think we can deal with this situation now as well. The mechanism provides for setting up some expert group and for sending it to Belarus for the sake of studying the situation in the area of human rights. The Belarusian government has no intention of participating in the implementation of this mechanism” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei cited : "Of course, we will be obliged to respond adequately," External link

trust Friday, September 18, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We hear only criticism of the Belarusian government from European partners. They don't even try to investigate the real state of affairs or to objectively evaluate the situation. However hard we try to encourage them to do it during phone calls and during direct contacts with colleagues, we've been unable to accomplish it. Unfortunately, the criticism we see from them is based only on so-called independent sources. We absolutely understand what kind of sources they are. Moreover, we see how these sources ‘crumble', shall we say, as a result of the investigation of the incidents, which unfortunately have happened in Belarus” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “They claim they know better who the real president is and they claim they will interact only with the real president they have elected and the Belarusian nation hasn't. It is the way the situation is developing. You see what is promised to the Belarusian society in the course of these manipulations. Poland is already creating some $1 billion fund to support Belarus. It is initiating the creation of a $4 billion fund in case the opponents of the current government in Belarus rise to power,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are surprised by simply destructive political statements, primarily those of our neighbors and other European Union countries, about Belarus. It is a paradox: they say they are ready and will support Belarus' sovereignty and independence, yet their actions undermine the sovereignty and independence” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 18, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “I'd like to ask you right away not to interpret my response as interference in Ukraine's domestic affairs… Although certainly judging by this slip the tongue Brussels knows little of events in Belarus. Maybe it is our fault. Everyone can make errors,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Your visit proves that Belarus and the Holy See have special relations of mutual understanding and trust. We are satisfied with the dynamics of the development of contacts at the high and highest levels,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 11, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "who have been especially fervently trying to interfere in the internal affairs of the Belarusian state, who have made unacceptable political statements, and who have made concrete proposals on financially supporting opponents of the administration," External link

baltic-course Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We are not going to make it public," "But believe me, there are enough persons from the three Baltic states. It should be born in mind that within the Union State with Russia we have a common list of undesirable persons. This is to make them stop to think" External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 7:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are for journalists to be able to carry out their activities peacefully within the legislation and the corresponding international rules. We are totally against journalists being purposefully involved, let us say, in some actions connected with the violation of the law. It is one thing when a journalist provides information objectively, and it is another thing when he or she leads a purposeful stream, where the authorities are condemned and where protesters call for concrete illegal actions. It is absolutely unacceptable for us and the authorities will respond adequately in this situation,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Fascinating transformations happen to some European partners of ours. Long before the presidential election when we met and discussed various, shall we say, prospects of development of the situation, we were absolutely of the same opinion that any street manifestations, any violent demonstrations will push our relations backwards by many years. Everyone agreed that it must not be allowed to happen. Unfortunately, things happened. And now our partners call for some peaceful and quiet revolutions” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Unfortunately, the election in a post-Soviet country have been once again used by the external and internal forces to attempt to destabilize the social, political, and economic situation in the country,” “Of course, we were ready for something, but some things have come as an unpleasant surprise. I would like to say that in my career I have seen five elections, and we have never been faced with such an elaborate organization of protests from abroad. There still remain some unsolved problems, but it is already obvious that we have foiled an attempt to arrange a color revolution using the latest methods,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : "Long before the election, when we met with our European partners and discussed the possible scenarios, we agreed that street protests and violent demonstrations would set our relations back by many years. Unfortunately, this is what happened. Everyone agreed back then that we should not let it happen," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Unfortunately, we have to deal with what’s happened and our partners are now calling for some peaceful and quiet revolutions, while in fact, any revolution eventually leads to bloodshed," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I'd like to say that we've also reached an interagency agreement and prepared proposals yesterday, they have been authorized already. Proposals on introducing asymmetric sanctions against the relevant persons from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. If other countries also enforce sanctions against Belarus, we will take the relevant adequate measures and produce an adequate answer” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Those are the people who have been genuinely brazenly trying to interfere in domestic affairs of the Belarusian state by making the relevant political statements. Moreover, they made specific proposals on financial support for opponents of the government. It is absolutely unacceptable for us. We interpret it as interference in domestic affairs” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : “It was surprising for me when literally on the second day after the presidential election when it was still unclear how the situation will develop, opinions were voiced, primarily from the side of the Baltic states, that it is necessary to immediately introduce sanctions against Belarus,” “In order to evaluate the situation, it is necessary to examine what is going on and produce a genuinely objective evaluation – whether those were peaceful protests or those were definitely organized provocations against law enforcement agencies, which had to respond to these provocations as a result” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The latter to a greater extent predetermine the former ones. Nevertheless, I would like to say that we withstood the first attack and did not allow the Ukrainian scenario, the scenario of a color revolution to be implemented in Belarus,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

digitaljournal Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

news-yahoo Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We have a difficult situation now, but which country has not gone through painful stages of national development," External link

afp-en Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “You know me well, you know Belarus and Belarusians. It is not the 18th century now, not 2010 and not even 2015. The Republic of Belarus is a reality. Reality for Europe, reality for the European Union, reality for each of your countries. Therefore, I urge you to live with it and stay in touch with this reality,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 21, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Changes are needed, no one denies it. But not at the cost of civil confrontation or revolutions as in this case the number of victims and negative consequences will be many times bigger. We have already been thrown back many years in our development due to the events of the recent days,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “You can see that the countries to which ambassadors have been appointed today play an important role both in the region and in the world as a whole. Our relations with them have been developing dynamically and progressively,” External link

Belta_en Monday, July 20, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “In order to ensure full independence, we, every one of us, of course, have to put a lot of effort, including we, diplomats, to defend the interests of our country in the foreign policy arena, to promote foreign economic interests, and to try to steer our country, our ship in this turbulent sea of confrontation into calm waters,” External link

Belta_en Friday, July 3, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus is completing the domestic procedures to approve the candidacy for the post of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the USA. I believe that when the procedures are finished, and it will be soon enough, we will announce the name of the Ambassador. We want the Ambassador to arrive in Washington, the USA, and get down to work as soon as possible. The American party is also interested in this,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Such events are very important today when the world is split into at least two parts, when the world is dominated by confrontation instead of the desire for tranquility, peace, and stability,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei concluded : “I would like us to work together and do our best so that our future could be peaceful and calm, so that we would have excellent relations with all countries, including the USA” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the Victory Day parade in Moscow, the Russian president invited his Belarusian counterpart to take part in the ceremony to inaugurate the Rzhev memorial. The program of a possible visit of the Belarusian president is in the works. I think that the Belarusian president will accept the invitation and attend the ceremony,” “This will give the two heads of state a good opportunity to speak and discuss the important matters of bilateral and multilateral interaction,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 3:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Healthcare Ministry ) : “Yes, we will. We've asked the Healthcare Ministry what they think about the epidemic situation, how we should act if foreign observers come to monitor the election. We will use the response to formulate our proposals” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 2:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I am confident (and you can hardly argue with it) that over the recent four or five years after the relations with the EU and other western states started improving, we have achieved more than over the previous 16 years of sanctions. We are taking meaningful action to diversify our foreign policy and trade, however if things take an undesirable turn, it will erode all the gains. No one wants it, no one will benefit from it,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 26, 2020 2:32:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We had a serious, pragmatic, committed conversation. As for the behavior of the chairman of the State Control Committee, I should say that in my opinion he presented rather serious, convincing facts that testify that certain individuals have committed specific crimes relating to money laundering and tax evasion. As you know, such things are punished very seriously in any country” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 19, 2020 6:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We have the general understanding but we need intensive negotiations to settle the issues in trade and economic cooperation,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 19, 2020 6:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We need to abolish the haulage pass system. This will serve as an additional incentive to boost transport and logistics activities,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “For Belarus one of the tangible results of the Eastern Partnership initiative over the last decade has been the signing of the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission, which will come into force on 1 July. Now we count on productive negotiations with the EU on the customs agreement and the beginning of the negotiations on the Belarus-EU framework agreement as the next logical steps,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are ready to cooperate openly and transparently with European institutions. Technological innovations deserve to be included into all spheres of cooperation of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. Several days ago Belarus spread its proposal about setting up an IT school of the Eastern Partnership in Minsk in order to improve the qualification of young people in partner states in the area of digital technologies. I hope you could support our proposal” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We consider cooperation with the United States in the oil sector to be a core element of energy security of the state, to be a crucial part of trade and investment engagement between the parties that has a significant potential, and a factor consolidating economic sovereignty of our country. We are working with the U.S. side to further the bilateral economic ties. Opportunities in trade and capital investment created by Minsk and Washington are beneficial for U.S. and Belarusian companies,” External link

Belta_en Friday, May 15, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “This is a long battle from the point of view of health and economic recovery and we will be able to win it only if we stay united,” External link

Belta_en Friday, May 15, 2020 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Despite the fact that the current difficult epidemiological situation forces us to temporarily abandon the traditional formats of meetings, it does not affect our readiness to make active efforts to prepare new conceptual documents that determine the further development of integration processes in the CIS,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Given the challenges our countries are facing in the current turbulent epidemiological situation, I think it would be advisable to take a close look at the last two documents once again with a view to strengthening the parts related to scientific, technical and industrial cooperation in healthcare. In general, I suggest discussing in detail the joint efforts of the CIS member states to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways to overcome its consequences at the upcoming meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Every year we move further and further from those horrible times. We know about that war from people to took part in it and who, unfortunately, become fewer – our war veterans,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We hope that a clear and concrete decision will be made that will allow Belarusian citizens to come back to the home country from the remote locations they have gone to thanks to Russian travel agencies. We also hope that Belarusian citizens will be allowed to cross Russia in transit using all kinds of transportation” External link

Belta_en Friday, March 20, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Unfortunately, I was unable to come to Warsaw on an official visit on 19-20 March. But it is good we can meet this way thanks to advances in technology,” External link

Belta_en Friday, March 20, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “Let's resolve issues with oil deliveries first and then think about other things” External link

Belta_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “Belarus assumes that the commitment of states to negotiate nuclear disarmament enshrined in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is one of the strategic objectives of the document, and advocates a balanced and gradual step-by-step approach to the process, making it multilateral and irreversible. There is no doubt that the nuclear-weapon states should have a special role and responsibility in this matter. However, the ambitious objectives of Article 6 of the NPT - negotiations not only on nuclear disarmament but also on the Treaty on Universal and Full Disarmament under strict and effective international control - cannot be met without reducing confrontation, restoring trust and consolidated actions of all members of the international community, large and small, both nuclear and non-nuclear, without exception,” “Having made a historic choice more than 25 years ago to renounce the possession of nuclear weapons, Belarus in fact showed its commitment to the goal of universal and complete nuclear disarmament. Today we continue to make efforts in this direction. Confirmation is the initiative of the Belarusian head of state to draw up a multilateral political declaration on the non-deployment of medium and shorter-range missiles in Europe to fill the legal vacuum created after the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The relations with Hungary are advancing in virtually all the areas; the two countries maintain political contacts; a direct dialogue with the minister of foreign affairs and trade has been established,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, March 3, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We maintained the level of diplomatic work and significantly increased its pace in some parts. We have increased the intensity and expanded the geography of foreign visits at the supreme and highest levels. Bilateral cooperation with our foreign partners has been steadily developing on all tracks. Staying committed to the unconditional fulfillment of all the obligations towards Russia, our strategic ally and main trading partner, Belarus continued to strengthen the positive trend towards normalization of relations on the Euro-Atlantic vector,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our partners have compiled a list of over 4,500 enterprises they would like to modernize. They would like us to also actively work with these enterprises” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 19, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we have discussed pooling our efforts in the international scene that are aimed at resolving conflicts which, unfortunately, exist in our region and in the world,” “We are ready to join efforts in peacekeeping with Switzerland and do everything to make our joint activities and cooperation contribute to peace and security for the sake of future generations,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei responded : “Belarus, just like Switzerland, cannot leave the sphere of someone's interests, the sphere of interests of big neighbors. Unfortunately, we cannot just relocate Belarus and Switzerland to some other, more comfortable place” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus will move forward in line with its national interests. Our principled position is that we cannot and will not be friends with somebody against somebody else,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:37:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Moreover, we had to admit that in the past years, unfortunately, we underestimated the importance of close cooperation between our countries. We have agreed to do everything to make up for the lost time in the coming years,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, February 6, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Tadeusz Kościuszko ) : “Our event is dedicated to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, one of the most famous and celebrated natives of Belarus, whose name is important for Belarus, the United States, Poland and, taking into account the historical context, for Lithuania. We are attracted to Kosciuszko by the incredible scope of his personality,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Tadeusz Kościuszko ) : “However, despite the ambiguity of the assessment of Tadeusz Kosciuszko's personality, his impact on the course of historical events is unquestionable,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our countries are interested in maintaining international security and stability, in the quickest normalization of the situation in the region, in finding new forms and ways to combat global threats and challenges,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are grateful to Lithuania for its support to this educational institution that provides education to 230 students. A lot of graduates of the gymnasium enter Belarusian universities,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “These agreements laid the basis for the bilateral relations. Today our main task is to continue following the principles of good neighborly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation for the benefit of the two countries,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, February 5, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The Belarusian side understands concerns in the Lithuanian society, but would like to point out that our cooperation with the IAEA and the European Union is absolutely transparent. We've voluntarily arranged stress tests, although we didn't have to” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 2:22:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Grand Duchy ) : “Belarus and Lithuania are not just neighbors. They share centuries-long history. We can interpret it differently but one thing is clear: we lived as one state, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for centuries. The two countries enjoy close economic, humanitarian and inter-human contacts. The capitals of the two countries are just 180km apart. I am confident that it is in the interests of both the states to keep the dialogue going and develop mutually beneficial cooperation for the good of our people,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The visit began with a positive exchange of opinions, with the understanding that even if there are problems (not even problems but minor issues) in our relations, we should start negotiations and discuss them” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are going to discuss all the matters relating to our bilateral and multilateral relations” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I am convinced that the visit will continue today and tomorrow in the same spirit and that all our agreements will be absolutely positive,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei pointed out : “The Lithuanian diaspora in Belarus includes a total of over 5,000 people,” “The state policy in Belarus is aimed at preserving peace, calm, and stability in our society. It is designed to prevent any interreligious and interethnic conflicts. What we see here is a vivid testimony of how people of different nationalities can live and be neighbors. Lithuanians, Belarusians, and other people live in this beautiful corner of Belarus without any problems” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei wrote : “I am very impressed with the visit to possibly one of the most beautiful places in Grodno Oblast – Rymdyuny. Sincere and diligent people – Lithuanians and Belarusians – have lived here side by side for centuries. I sincerely wish prosperity, happiness, and wellbeing to the residents” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “From our point of view moving the kindergarten by several kilometers to another populated locality would result in problems with the transportation of kids. There is another option: the kindergarten can be left here, can be merged with the school, and the premises can be refurnished. It will require some financial investment but we've agreed that we will also use capabilities of the good neighborhood program [tools of the European Neighborhood Policy], and will think about ways to resolve the issue. It is now necessary to put together a concrete program of action and get down to implementing it” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The current visit of the Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs is of symbolic importance. We see it as the basis for the beginning of a new qualitative period in the bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The visit began with a positive exchange of opinions, with the understanding that even if there are problems (not even problems but minor issues) in our relations, we should start negotiations and discuss them” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are going to discuss all the matters relating to our bilateral and multilateral relations” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 2:05:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We intend, are ready, and will make every effort in order to end the crisis in Ukraine's east as soon as possible. We are ready to offer Belarus as a venue for any meetings and negotiations” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei believes : “But all the parties to the conflict should be genuinely interested in it,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are actively involved in the dialogue on human rights with the United States of America. We are engaged in this dialogue not just for the sake of the dialogue, but to discuss specific issues and to find appropriate measures to improve the situation in this area. We are not standing in one place, we are going forward. I believe that we will gradually reconcile our positions on the remaining issues,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus might not be an absolutely ideal country in this respect. We do understand that we should undertake reforms in some areas,” “We are working on it. In line with the recommendations of the United Nations, we have developed the national plan on human rights, and we are implementing it quite successfully together with the non-governmental organizations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are quite interested in the American business coming here to Belarus and working quite actively. We are interested in more active cooperation between different governmental structures,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach absolute importance to this visit. The last visit of the U.S. Secretary of State to Belarus was 26 years ago. The current visit is a clear evidence of the intensifying interaction between Belarus and the United States. We believe that the visit will give a significant impetus to the progressive normalization of bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties exchanged views on the situation in the region and prospects for Belarus' interaction with the Nato bloc. Belarus' intention to make efforts to preserve peace and security on the continent was also noted,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach absolute importance to this visit. The last visit of the U.S. Secretary of State to Belarus was 26 years ago. The current visit is a clear evidence of the intensifying interaction between Belarus and the United States. We believe that the visit will give a significant impetus to the progressive normalization of bilateral relations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties exchanged views on the situation in the region and prospects for Belarus' interaction with the Nato bloc. Belarus' intention to make efforts to preserve peace and security on the continent was also noted,” External link

Belta_en Monday, February 3, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This visit is an obvious proof that Belarus and American relations are become more active, and the visit, as we see it, must give a new impetus to the normalization of the relations between the two states,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "the Belarusian side expects the U.S. to play its part in resolving the crisis" External link

unian-en Saturday, February 1, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "We support any format, including participation of the United States, only if they would help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but it requires a genuine interest of all parties involved in this process," External link

itartass_en Saturday, February 1, 2020 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "As for Belarus' stance on Ukraine, everybody knows it. We intend to do our utmost to ensure that the crisis in Ukraine ends as soon as possible. We are ready to provide a venue for any meetings and talks in Belarus. We support any formats, including with the U.S. participation, if only they help to settle the crisis in Ukraine," External link

interfax-ua-en Saturday, February 1, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Both sides could determine their priority areas of interest within the framework of such a dialogue. This could be compatibility of technical norms and standards in the manufacturing industry, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations in agricultural production, with an ultimate goal of expanding mutual trade. Many technical regulations and standards of the EAEU are already in the works taking into account European and international norms,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I believe it cannot be described better,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus has always sought (this year as well) to contribute to the development of a unifying agenda aimed at ensuring peace, stability, and security in our region and in the world as a whole,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Have our hopes come true? Unfortunately not. The deepening chronic crisis of confidence, the weakening arms control regime, the rapid enhancement of the military potential, and the widening political and ideological gap are genuine causes of catastrophe," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "What do we suggest? In 2017, the Belarusian president called for resuming strategic dialogue aimed at settling differences and reviving the spirit of the Helsinki process. He called for holding a summit and having a frank and open discussion of the current state of affairs and ways of fixing and resetting the security architecture in Europe at the highest level. This proposal is still on the table," "Belarus is ready to invest jointly with like-minded countries in the search for solutions to shifting from the existent paradigm of conflict to the paradigm of security based on cooperation," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Belarus has called for elaborating a multilateral declaration, by which countries will undertake a definitive and firm commitment not to deploy intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in their territories and not to produce such missiles. We realize that the implementation of this initiative will require political will and intense effort," External link

BalticTimes Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:40:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Peace is hard to achieve, yet easy to break. We need a new ‘Marshall Plan' for European security, a plan where all the participating states could invest in creating reliable security mechanisms in our region” External link

Belta_en Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we have discussed this matter, the initiatives that have recently been put forward by the Belarusian head of state. Some of our partners, in particular, the foreign minister of Russia that will assume presidency [in the CSTO] next year also upheld these initiatives,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He informed about the actions NATO has been taking recently on western borders of our organization. He cited specific facts” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We are absolutely open for a dialogue and are ready for it. I think that we will finally come to terms,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei suggested : “Belarus would facilitate stability, not turbulence,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei remarked : “Whereas the EU is taking care of individual rights in the first place, we emphasize social rights, such as the rights to work, to have a residence, education and social welfare. Ours is the old Soviet style of thinking,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:18:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Belarus hold a principled stance on this issue: only the UN Security Council has the right to introduce sanctions," "We are against any attempts made by any states to replace this body and introduce unilateral economic, trade, financial and other measures with the aim to reach their own goals" External link

itartass_en Monday, November 18, 2019 8:25:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “It is an important working document to guide cooperation. It includes over 20 events,” “The consultations will traditionally be held to discuss all matters of cooperation in regional and international organizations and on the bilateral basis” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Another topic that requires our common attention is the practice of using unilateral sanctions by a number of global players. Western countries and their partners have been taking consistent steps to empower some international organizations with non-traditional judicial and other functions. Belarus takes a principled position on this issue: it is only the UN Security Council that has the right to impose sanctions,” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The issue of sanctions requires joint steps by Minsk and Moscow in the United Nations,” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 7:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I would like to dwell on one of the most alarming challenges of today – the situation around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Its dismantling has led to an increase in military and political tensions in various parts of the globe, including in Europe. In the current situation Belarus and Russia in association with Western partners should do their best to prevent the deployment of the relevant missiles on our continent” External link

Belta_en Monday, November 18, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : "We see Russia as our main ally, as our natural neighbor," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "And the confrontation they are currently in affects us and our neighbors. First and foremost, this concerns sanctions and countersanctions between Russia and Western states, which affects us a lot as an open, export-oriented state," External link

itartass_en Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "We are not holding political consultations related to the so-called enhanced integration with Russia and do not plan to do so. This is about deeper economic integration between our countries in a number of areas which are of interest to us and are of real significance to the economic development of our nation," External link

interfax-ua-en Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "It is true that at the initial stage, as I understand it, medium-ranked representatives of Russian ministries made certain proposals which were completely unacceptable to the Belarusian side and contravened our understanding of deeper integration between our countries. We said definitively that we could not accept those, and the presidents of Belarus and Russia supported our stance. It was decided to focus on deeper economic integration, which absolutely meets our needs," "We agreed that every proposal aimed at enhancing integration between Belarus and Russia will be based on the Union State Treaty, which was signed almost 20 years ago. There is no need for new ideas or new proposals; all we need to do is look at the provisions of that treaty and check what has been done and what hasn't. The drafts of our program and roadmaps are based solely on the provisions of the treaty adopted 20 years ago," External link

interfax-ua-en Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "This is not only and not so much a merit of the Belarusian diplomacy. We should look deeper. The point is that the leadership of Belarus always proceeds from the need to have sincerity in relations with any state. If you are interested in cooperation with any country, you should do it sincerely. This is the basis for good relations with all the leaders of the brotherly Ukraine," External link

Belta_en Monday, October 14, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Once it has been voiced, we have seen some interest. A number of colleagues has showed interest. They approached me at the UN, saying that this is a timely initiative and very important. Let's see how the situation will develop. Because, in our opinion, it makes no sense to sit idle doing nothing and waiting until this stage of confrontation is over. There will be no results,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 14, 2019 9:11:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the traditional exchange of opinions about the situation in the region we will explain Belarus' stance on a number of matters of current interest relating to peacekeeping, security, economic development in our country and around it in the European region and the post-Soviet space. It is exceedingly important. We are going to speak about the initiatives the head of state has recently put forward with regard to enforcing peace and security” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The session is very important, concrete, and meaningful. It gives a good opportunity to meet and discuss current matters and interaction meant to enable greater cooperation in the post-Soviet space” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:47:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We have indeed arranged a meeting between the presidents. It will be held tomorrow. The presidents will discuss ways to develop and strengthen relations between the two countries. It is no secret that we have certain disagreements. I am sure that during the upcoming meeting and future contacts we will find a way to settle the issues that, unfortunately, exist in our relations,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Europe, including Belarus as its essential part, has always been particularly sensitive to any change in international security. In recent years, we have been living with a constant storm warning on. The times when a spirit of peace and healthy partnership prevailed on the European continent have been swept away by the gusts of geopolitical tension and confrontation. The European region is rapidly entering an era of strategic instability, unpredictability and redistribution of influence by world players,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei replied : “Belarus would never take principal decisions under pressure from without, only on the basis of the analysis of whether or not Belarus’s national interests are met” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei acknowledged : “Incidentally, I have a hard time understanding,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei remarked : “When someone makes declarations like ‘I am no diplomat, I am military,’ that implies it did not make sense to enlist him as a diplomat in the first place,” External link

jamestown Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:27:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “Unfortunately, we could not get a response from our European partners on the date of the event for a long time. When we finally received the answer, it turned out that there were certain overlays with the schedule of political events that are taking place in Belarus. We have not been able to ensure a high level of the event and the high-level meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. Due to the overlapping schedules of the general political events both in the European Union and in Belarus, we had to postpone the meeting,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Europe, including Belarus as its essential part, has always been particularly sensitive to any change in international security. In recent years, we have been living with a constant storm warning on. The times when a spirit of peace and healthy partnership prevailed on the European continent have been swept away by the gusts of geopolitical tension and confrontation. The European region is rapidly entering an era of strategic instability, unpredictability and redistribution of influence by world players,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “One can see particularly clearly the danger of inaction and of the lack of political will to seek compromises from Belarus where European and Eurasian integration meet, where the border between NATO member states and CSTO member states lies, from a country close to Ukraine where the ongoing conflict continues taking human lives. Belarus does not want to land on a line of civilizational split and at the spearhead of a Russia-NATO standoff” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I hope that this year we will pay a full-fledged visit to the European Union,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The alignment of the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union will help avoid harmful competition of the integrations, the emergence of new dividing lines in Europe, and will help resolve the protracted local conflicts. Belarus, as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, calls on the European Union to start a direct dialogue with the EAEU on a number of key areas of mutual interest, and they do exist. It is high time to take this dialogue beyond technical contacts between the European Commission and the Eurasian Economic Commission,” External link

Belta_en Monday, October 7, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted ( about John Bolton ) : “Let me explain my own point of view. Many people call John Bolton a hawk or some other names but I liked the fact the man has his own strategic vision, defends his stance and tries to understand the conversation partner's views,” “It seems to us he left with a clear understanding that the Belarusian-American dialogue should continue. Although certainly Belarus is not a priority in the foreign policy of the United States of America” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Everything is possible in the world. I am personally convinced such a meeting would help clarify the situation or eliminate the lingering issues in our relations with the USA that we unfortunately cannot overcome for now” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 1:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei responded : “Judging from the statements made by individual politicians in Russia, the perception varies. However, we have always said and will keep saying that we are not going to be friends with anyone to the detriment of Russia or against Russia. Our president has recently reiterated it again” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our relations with the West are not that advanced as the relations between the West and Russia. Russia maintains much more active contacts with the USA and the European Union; there are appropriate institutional structures like the councils for cooperation between Russia and the EU and Russia and NATO. Therefore, we do not understand the reaction of some unintelligent and incompetent, to put it mildly, politicians and MPs in Russia to our readiness to sign the visa facilitation agreement and the readmission agreement with the European Union. You know, as far as I remember, Russia signed this agreement with the European Union back in 2006. And when some Russian MPs say that the very fact that Belarus is ready to sign these agreements today is an unfriendly and hostile act against Russia, it is not just bewildering; I cannot even find words to describe this kind of statements,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : "I would like to point out that from our standpoint, the program in itself poses no danger. Why? First, we strongly believe that maintaining the sovereignty of our countries is a top priority, in this particular case, the matter is about the sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : "Generations have grown up in an independent state and no one is ready to sacrifice it. Besides, I don’t get how the country’s first president, who founded an independent state, could sacrifice independence," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "There are no deviations from the Treaty. Indeed, frankly speaking, some of the initial initiatives were absolutely unacceptable, particularly for Belarus," "For instance, it concerned the creation of some supranational bodies, which in fact runs counter to the Treaty," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “The presidents are set to have a meeting timed to the 20th anniversary of the Union State Treaty and instructed their governments to draft appropriate roadmaps to settle the remaining issues. We hope that everything will work” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is not normal when relations are damaged in today's world where everything is interconnected. After all, let us be frank, the USA is the world's leader and I believe it will remain so in the nearest decade. We are interested in mending ties with the United States. We would like to quit the confrontation rhetoric that dominated our relations some ten years ago when we initiated the withdrawal of the ambassadors from both countries,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:03:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about Eurasian Economic Commission ) : “The event will help our EAEU partners compare notes and exchange experience of work to achieve SDGs. It will also enable the Eurasian Economic Union to speak with one voice in the global debate on the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, addressing common problems and at the same time emphasizing the diversity of the EAEU countries,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our country urges to start working on the draft declaration as soon as possible. We call upon states on both sides of the Atlantic, who care about the fate of humanity, to support us in this endeavor. The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe could be proper venues for this work,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Against the backdrop of the planet's ever-rising population, and the resulting increased exploitation of its limited resources, we are witnessing how the problem of climate change is getting increasingly worse. It may well be the case that we are approaching the point of no return, unless a decisive action is taken here. In the meantime, the international community's attempts to reduce emissions are clearly lagging behind the destructive dynamics triggered by climate change,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today we find ourselves in a situation of contradictory and dangerous realities. It is crystal clear that we need to find responses to common challenges before these realities lead to disastrous consequences. I believe that many will agree that this is not the situation in which the international community would like to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations next year. The anniversary summit should provide a powerful incentive to the search for responses to the challenges and should contribute to a considerable increase in the UN's role in strengthening peace and security, resuming a dialogue, restoring trust, and, most importantly, preventing the threat of a global conflict,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “If the anniversary summit becomes just another protocol-type event, everyone will lose: both the organization and all its members. The ominous ghost of World War III may then become a reality,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 1:03:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “In the context of contradictions and increased competition between countries, cyberspace is increasingly becoming another arena for confrontation. We constantly hear about devastating hacker attacks. All this attests to the scale of the threats in this area, while it simultaneously emphasizes the need to expand interstate digital cooperation and enhance mutual trust in the information sphere,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “Digital sovereignty should guarantee a country's ability to control its information field, prevent and block cyberattacks, and provide reliable protection for critical infrastructure. Digital neutrality means that countries should not take action in cyberspace that affects other states' security,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The memories of tens of millions of victims of the Second World War, of the Nazi atrocities and criminal policies of genocide prompted us to agree on a world order that still helps us avert a new global conflict. Consequences of such a conflict would be disastrous for the entire planet. Yet, unfortunately, we are now closer to the brink of the precipice than ever before,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 27, 2019 9:41:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “These are not just some single pieces but a wide range of products both for the industrial and agricultural purpose. We are determined to keep the momentum,” External link

Belta_en Friday, September 13, 2019 11:54:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He practically established the foundation for our cooperation there at a most difficult time. We hope that with his diplomatic experience he will be able to organize work in Turkmenistan in the direction we need” External link

Belta_en Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The IPU's philosophy, the desire to bolster peace and security, promote democratic international relations are close to us. This is why we believe it is important for the IPU acting on behalf of the global parliamentary dimension to get more involved in finding answers to global challenges and threats,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 3, 2019 8:24:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This conference is one of events aimed at promoting this idea,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, September 3, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “If the involvement of the United States and other countries will make this process faster, then who will be against? I think everyone will agree with that,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The work of the OSCE's trilateral contact group was also mentioned, just like the Normandy format meeting several years ago,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I mean ongoing trade and economic disputes between individual states. Our stance on this issue is clear. The Belarusian side calls for finding a compromise instead of engaging in trade wars. Belarus believes that parties need to meet each other halfway while addressing thorny issues. Belarus believes that any feud, in particular feuds between geopolitical powers, immediately affects the entire economic situation, economic cooperation, in particular, mid-size and small countries, like Belarus. Therefore, we are deeply interested in resolving this kind of trade and economic disputes peacefully, at the negotiating table, instead of issuing various kinds of ultimatums,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 30, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei informed : “President of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Sarac will come to Belarus in October to discuss educational partnerships and preparations for the Belarus-Turkey forum of higher education institutions,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We attach great importance to further expansion of the presence of the Turkish business in Belarus, enhancement of its investment activity,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are promoting constructive political cooperation and maintaining regular contacts at the level of the presidents, parliaments and governments,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The head of state emphasized it as he met with the Turkish foreign minister today,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Therefore, our today's talks were focused on the tasks set by the heads of state, in particular, efforts to expand trade, reduce the trade imbalance, boost investment and launch new joint economic projects. We have arrived at the conclusion that we need to take advantage of untapped opportunities to scale up cooperation in various sectors,” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “During the negotiations we discussed a broad range of matters on the bilateral agenda and the international one in a traditionally open and friendly manner. I would like to once again emphasize that we have no fundamental differences of opinion with Turkey, including in approaches to the most important regional and international affairs” External link

Belta_en Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:09:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “I think we will be able to overcome this negative trend by the end of the year. We do not give up our goal. We are ready to implement the maximum number of projects that will allow us to reach the threshold that we have set,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 23, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei added : “It should be taken into account that, unfortunately, the economic situation in Georgia has deteriorated slightly due to the restrictions imposed by the Russian Federation. Therefore, there are certain economic issues. I believe, however, that Georgia will manage to settle the matter,” External link

Belta_en Friday, August 23, 2019 1:27:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “For Belarus Latvia is traditionally an important trading and economic partner. This country is one of the ten major markets for Belarusian exports. We have thoroughly examined the future prospects for our trade and economic interaction, specific projects,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There is a proposal to our president to visit Latvia. It has been accepted; we are yet to agree on acceptable dates. The visit should be carefully prepared so that we can discuss and approve concrete projects,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our meetings have become regular. This is evidence of the positive momentum in the Belarusian-Latvian dialogue. Moreover, there is mutual interest in raising bilateral cooperation to a higher level. We have no disagreements in bilateral relations. We are on the same page as for the majority of international issues. Today we touched upon every topic, including those of mutual interest. It is very important to support dialogue so as to be able to find mutually acceptable solutions. I am confident that our countries will maintain good neighborly, partner and mutually beneficial relations, which meets the logic taking into account the geographical position, shared history, culture and traditions, mutual interest in the realization of the potential of bilateral cooperation,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 5:06:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “As you know, Belarus has launched a 30-day visa-free program for citizens of nearly 80 countries. We are not going to stop at this and are working on further steps. We have prepared the proposals for the government on electronic visas for nationals of third countries,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “A thorough investigation is underway. It will give us a complete picture of what has happened. In our view, there are no political motives,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus is interested in restoring the level of multipronged and mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation the two countries had before the armed conflict in Syria,” External link

Belta_en Monday, July 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : "There are contrasting assessments regarding certain issues. During the meeting it will be possible to bring them closer and develop common understanding of what the integration process should look like," External link

itartass_en Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We would like the diplomats, who have worked here for years – some spend 5-6 years here, some more than ten – to leave Belarus with a feeling they've spent this time as if they were at home. Belarus is home to representatives of over 140 nationalities, 26 religious denominations. The key principle of our state policy is to secure peace, tranquility, tolerance, and friendship in the society,” External link

Belta_en Friday, July 5, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We keep cooperating with the Council of Europe. Another program for the coming several years has been drafted. Therefore, we will keep working on settling the remaining disputes without fuss,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 28, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “The parties are still working on the proposals on ways of deepening the integration. No amendments [to the Union State Treaty] are intended,” External link

Belta_en Friday, June 28, 2019 4:02:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is a great pity to say goodbye to the people who have done a lot for the bilateral relations and a positive image of Germany in our country,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We persistently promote our initial vision of the Eastern Partnership as a pragmatic, equal, and flexible tool for cooperation, a means to reduce confrontation, build up trust and blur dividing lines. In conditions of regional tensions in this period of history this vision coincides a lot with perceptions of the European Union” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Multiple meetings at various international venues in EaP countries as well as Brussels, European Union member states in 2018 and 2019 were dedicated to results achieved in the first decade of the Eastern Partnership Initiative,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “In most cases the Eastern Partnership Initiative is perceived simply as some arithmetic sum of accomplishments and failures in relations of the partner countries with the European Union without taking into account regional context. We would love things to be exactly like that. We would love the Eastern Partnership Initiative to be a purely technical project without any politics,” “However, in reality Belarus just like other neighbors of the European Union has to look at the Eastern Partnership Initiative from the geopolitical point of view. Physics tells us that any action causes reaction. We, people who live here, understand well (maybe even better that some politicians in Brussels) that the system of mutual relations in our region is a tangle of multidirectional active and reactive forces. It has always been like that. The Eastern Partnership Initiative did not appear in vacuum ten years ago. It appeared in conditions of an existing combination of forces, the level of trust, interaction between various entities. Whether it was intended or not, but the initiative most seriously influenced this equation” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei stated : “It has been recognized that the Eastern Partnership Initiative should be adapted to interests of all the neighboring countries, including those unwilling to get integrated into the European Union. Encouraging cooperation between these countries is now a priority. It has been stated that the European Union does not force its neighbors to choose between their geopolitical partners” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Like many politicians and businesses in the West, Belarus sees great promise in a harmonized economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. In our view, to make this vision a reality, Belarus and the EU should sign a framework agreement taking into account Belarus' commitments to the EAEU and its aspiration to join the WTO, which will hopefully make progress after the appropriate negotiations with the EU are complete. The commencement of the negotiations on the agreement without preconditions should be a top priority in the relations between Belarus and the EU in the near future,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:08:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This autumn, we together with colleagues from the European External Action Service are planning to hold official high-level events on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in Minsk. In the future we hope to host the next summit of the Eastern Partnership,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said ( about error ) : “We believe plans to reinforce the USA's military presence in the countries Belarus borders with, primarily Poland, represent a major error. This military presence will break the balance of forces in the region. What is the purpose of it? Rebuffing a threat? It is unimaginable that in the 21st century someone may dare provoke a direct military clash considering the current level of armed potential accumulated in the region” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Today this system is highly explosive because of the critical deficit of political will, escalation of disagreements in ideological and other mattes, demolition of weapons control systems and trust, trade wars and information wars,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “It is sad that Belarus, a donor of stability, a sponsor of peacekeeping efforts and an indirect victim of countersanctions, is also under sanctions, though minimal,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei explained : “As our relations did not come back to normalcy, the head of state thought it would be premature to accept the invitation to attend the Eastern Partnership anniversary events held in Brussels in May,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:29:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Sharing information, harmonizing standards and technical regulations, removing excessive hindrances in trade, encouraging manufacturing cooperation at the level of the countries, which are members of both unions – all these promising and highly sought themes of cooperation are politically neutral and are geared towards long-term stability and prosperity on the scale of entire Europe. I don't see why interaction that benefits both sides should be stopped by political barriers” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “In our view, Russia has recently got a better understanding that Belarus' participation in the Eastern Partnership initiative is not aimed against Russia,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “One of the most important achievements is making our partners understand that the Eastern Partnership should not provoke further confrontation. As you see, over the past 4-5 years, the Eastern Partnership became more pragmatic and focused on achieving tangible results that could be visible to ordinary people. The results are indeed appreciable, but we want more of them,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 11:19:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “This is only one of our many proposals to facilitate the crossing of the Belarus-EU common border. What do we need for that? First of all, the willingness of both sides,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:49:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “No doubt, the organization has achieved some positive results. At the same time, we should admit that a number of restrictions and exemptions still remain in place. We are working on this, of course, but I would not want these exemptions and restrictions to gain momentum. We want a balance between Eurasian and European economic integration processes, but unfortunately, the remaining issues in our union make some external players skeptical about it. They start viewing the EAEU as someone's geopolitical project. We are working with these players. However, we strongly believe that we need to remove all barriers in mutual trade, promote cooperation in the manufacturing industry, ensure free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce, and this is a quite ambitious task,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 30, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “No doubt, the organization has achieved some positive results. At the same time, we should admit that a number of restrictions and exemptions still remain in place. We are working on this, of course, but I would not want these exemptions and restrictions to gain momentum. We want a balance between Eurasian and European economic integration processes, but unfortunately, the remaining issues in our union make some external players skeptical about it. They start viewing the EAEU as someone's geopolitical project. We are working with these players. However, we strongly believe that we need to remove all barriers in mutual trade, promote cooperation in the manufacturing industry, ensure free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce, and this is a quite ambitious task,” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We've discussed the entire spectrum of matters, including those relating to the fulfillment of provisions of the Union State treaty. As you know, the parties have exchanged the relevant proposals, the relevant working group led by the Russian economic development minister and the Belarusian economy minister has been created. This working group will work on the list of proposals and will reconcile the aspects where there are certain differences of opinion. We presume that provisions of the Union State treaty are strategic and do not require a revision. Today one should probably talk about updating the action program on fulfilling the treaty” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 9:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We've confirmed the interest of our countries in advancing integration processes in the Eurasian Economic Union, in taking interaction in the CIS space, in the Collective Security Treaty Organization to the next level,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “We paid considerable attention to the preparations for the next meeting of the boards of the ministries of foreign affairs. Given the high efficiency of the biennial programs of concerted action in foreign policy of the states - parties to the Union State Treaty we agreed on the modalities of such a program for 2020-2021,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei noted : “2019 is the anniversary year as we will mark 20 years of the signing of the Union State Treaty in December. The ministries of foreign affairs of Belarus and Russia are approaching the anniversary date with a well-oiled mechanism for bilateral interactions. We effectively coordinate work on international arena,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 8:18:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Our meeting is taking place in the run-up to an important event – 2nd European Games that will kick off in Minsk in several weeks. We invite Russians to visit Belarus during this large-scale, stunning and spectacular sports event,” External link

Belta_en Monday, May 27, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Of course, they need to meet first, discuss the proposals, put everything together and then after the discussion (this cannot be done without a joint meeting) will report to the heads of state on the things they agreed upon,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Of course we need to discuss oil issues. We need to come to grips with the issues that are overripe,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Belarus will gladly uphold any UNESCO's initiatives that contribute to a constructive dialogue and removal of dividing lines between countries and peoples, initiatives that bring people together, help find common ground and prevent tensions from turning into full conflicts,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There is a great deal of questions. As always, we intend to openly and sincerely discuss the entire agenda of our relations with my counterpart” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Within the framework of such meetings we usually analyze interaction, cooperation both on the bilateral basis and the multilateral format. This time we are going to discuss preparations for and the organization of a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian and Russian ministries of foreign affairs, which is due in Russia in autumn, and contours of the next program of concerted actions in the area of foreign policy,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “He and I discuss all the issues, including the hottest ones. We always openly and sincerely discus all the matters relating to our bilateral cooperation and interaction within the framework of multilateral organizations” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “Given the leading role of UNESCO in the development of international approaches to addressing the problems associated with the development of the information society and information security in the humanitarian field, we need to increase our participation in such intergovernmental programmes as the Information for All Programme (IFAP), the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and the Memory of the World Programme,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “We are glad to celebrate 65 years of fruitful cooperation in the name of the good cause. We confirm that since our country joined UNESCO, it has remained committed to the principles of the organization,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Vladimir Makei said : “There was an opportunity to talk to Ukraine's outgoing top officials about the continuity of our bilateral relations. I discussed this matter in detail with my counterpart Klimkin, too. I believe that there is a clear understanding in Ukraine that Belarus is an important partner and that Ukraine should never expect any wicked actions on the part of Belarus” External link

Belta_en Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:40:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
foreign minister38.65%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
minister7.30%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
belarusian foreign minister29.46%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
homologue biélorusse1.08%FR09/22/201722/09/2017
foreign affairs minister0.27%EN09/22/201722/09/2017
belarusian foreign affairs minister0.27%EN09/22/201722/09/2017
minister of foreign affairs2.16%EN06/02/201702/06/2017
foreign minister of belarus14.32%EN12/28/201628/12/2016
minister of belarus1.08%EN12/28/201628/12/2016
colleague0.54%EN11/22/201622/11/2016
belarusian minister of foreign affairs1.08%EN09/24/201624/09/2016
ministre des affaires étrangères et européennes0.27%FR09/14/201614/09/2016
deputy foreign1.62%EN08/23/201623/08/2016
homologue du bélarus1.08%FR02/09/201509/02/2015
minister of foreign affairs0.81%SA09/10/201410/09/2014
Names Lang Count
Vladimir MakeiEN51.92%
Vladimir MakeiFR25.32%
Vladimir MakeiES22.25%
Vladimir MakeiPT0.26%
Vladimir MakeïFR0.26%


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Alexander Lukashenko said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “He asked for a diplomatic job, speaks a foreign language. Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei also asks for him,” External link

Belta_en Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Peter Szijjarto said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “The document relating to interregional cooperation will give us the opportunity to enhance interaction: now this will be the work not only between the capitals Minsk and Budapest. Now it will be the work at the scale of the countries. We also signed a program of cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for this year. Here I wish to point out the excellent level of relations. Through consultations, demonstrating understanding, through mutual trust and respect we could have avoided many conflicts in the world and I am sure we will be able to prevent them in the future. Regular meetings at the level of foreign ministers and their deputies will be continued. With minister Vladimir Makei, by the way, we hold not only bilateral meetings but we also participate in international forums. This helps even better understand each other's positions and provide mutual support on many issues on the international agenda,” External link

Belta_en Monday, January 21, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Witold Waszczykowski said ( about Vladimir Makei ) : “We nurtured historical tradition; we have done so in the past and will continue to do so. I bring good news today we have made a small but important step towards explaining certain historical events. Minister Makei brought with him some information found in Belarusian archives, regarding the fate of many Poles,” External link

thenews-pl Monday, October 10, 2016 6:27:00 PM EAT