Political analyst Jaroslav Romanchuk: "Belarusian recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia could damage its relations with Azerbaijan"

Moscow. R. Metleboglu - APA. "Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko considers internationally-recognized borders and territorial integrity when he mentioned conflicts in Georgia", Belarusian political analyst Jaroslav Romanchuk told APA correspondent in Moscow. The analyst said it was very important element for the Belarusian president: "He understands that recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Belarus is a serious argument and could damage its relations with Azerbaijan. It could damage relations not only with Azerbaijan, but other countries, which also strongly support the principle of territorial integrity, particularly Georgia".

The analyst characterized the Belarus-Azerbaijan relations and said both countries should have close friendly relations. "Belarus and Azerbaijan are small countries and they have to develop friendship, to establish trade relations, to exchange ideas, goods, money and experience and to sign agreements for acceleration of these processes. Azerbaijan has great investment potential. It is rich, rapidly developing country. Therefore it could be perspective to carry out joint projects with Azerbaijani business, civil society and expert institutions not depending on Belarus-Russia and Belarus-EU relations. Minsk and Baku should not repeat mistakes made in Russian-Belarusian relations. It needs to involve such people in the integration process between the countries that they can make our peoples and countries closer in the cultural, economic and investment fields. I don't see any contradiction here because both Belarus and Azerbaijan observe most useful principle in the foreign policy - we want friendship with everyone and we are ready to welcome and to host every guest. This approach plays a role of supreme concept in the domestic and foreign policy of the countries"



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