Relations with Russia "priority" for Belarus, says Lukashenko

2012-11-09 19:56:20 GMT2012-11-10 03:56:20(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MINSK, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that the development of relations with Russia is a priority for Belarusian foreign policy.

While meeting here with Leningrad region governor Alexander Drozdenko, Lukashenko stressed the need for mutually-beneficial cooperation with Russia, saying "The course of further developing an alliance with the Russian Federation is the main priority of our foreign policy."

Lukashenko said the formation of the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan and the Common Economic Space will boost trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Russia.

The Belarusian president also highlighted the importance of the leadership of Russian regions to the establishment and advancement of Belarusian-Russian relations. "In hard times it was you who saved our relations," he added.

The Russian Federation is a major trade partner of the Republic of Belarus, and accounts for 32 percent of export and more than half of the import volume.

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