Russia-Belarus security ties more important than economic problems - Lukashenko

MINSK, June 21 (Itar-Tass) -- Security issues in the relations between Russia and Belarus are more important than the problems in economy and other spheres, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed. He has made a statement at a meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Minsk on Monday.

"No matter what relations in economy and other spheres we have, the security of our countries, the Union State are the matters settled long ago and none can make jokes about it," the Belarusian president said.

Alexander Lukashenko noted there are many unsettled problems, which the Security Councils of Belarus and Russia are dealing with. Some unsettled problems should be discussed either.

"Here on the western borders the Russian national has a reliable support and friends regardless the circumstances in which we live and work," Alexander Lukashenko said.

"All should be done for our people in Belarus and Russia not to doubt that we are cooperating closely in the sphere of security and defence of our countries," he noted.

"If our civil agencies had such relations and results, as the Foreign and Defence Ministries of the countries have, we would not have any problems," Lukashenko underlined. He reiterated, the countries are cooperating closely in security matters. "I think that we will keep acting in the same way," Lukashenko pointed out.

For his part, Nikolai Patrushev noted that the Security Councils of the countries are seeking not only cooperation, but its development. He noted that the current efforts should be aimed at warding off the current challenges and threats. "We are aware of the challenges and threats that are looming now. They are changing and we should combat them not when we are feeling their effect. We should avert these threats and take joint efforts to localize the threats," Nikolai Patrushev said. In his view, nowadays people should be provided with all conditions for normal work and the development of their countries.


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