Belarus hails as 'non-discriminatory' European Union's Eastern Partnership project


Minsk, March 20 (Interfax) - Belarus has praised the European Union's Eastern Partnership project, which was approved by the EU Council on Friday before its definitive launch on May 7 and would extend to Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

"Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership format must serve the long-term mutual interests both of the participant states of Eastern Partnership and those of the European Union itself and the entire European continent as a whole, working not for the disunity but for the unity, stability and prosperity of greater Europe," Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Popov told reporters.

"We point out the non-discriminatory character of the decision made [by the EU Council] in Brussels, a decision that involves the equal and full-scale participation in the Eastern Partnership of all the states that have been invited to join it," he said.

Belarus expects that "this decision will be confirmed at subsequent events as part of this initiative at all levels, including its official launch in Prague on May 7, 2009," Popov said.



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