Russia FM to visit Belarus to discuss ties within Customs Union

MOSCOW, November 22 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Minsk on Monday to discuss broader cooperation within the Customs Union and to inaugurate a Russian center of science and culture in the Belarusian capital.

The Russian foreign minister will participate in a joint session of the boards of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Belarus, a diplomatic source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Joint sessions are regular and reflect the high level of foreign political cooperation between the countries. This cooperation is based on the intentions to develop coordinated approaches on the key issues of the international agenda," the source said.

Forthcoming negotiations will highlight "deeper integration processes in the post-Soviet space, primarily within the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia." The sides will also consider other issues of practical interest.

"A working visit of the Russian foreign minister in Minsk and a joint session of the two foreign ministries' boards will certainly promote the development of bilateral foreign political cooperation," the Russian diplomatic source underlined.


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