MINSK, June 8 (RIA Novosti) - The Belarusian
president said on Monday cooperation with the EU was not some
game but part of a strategic plan.
"What we have with our Western neighbor is not some sort
of game. It's the implementation of our long-standing strategic
course," Alexander Lukashenko said.
He added the EU was just as important a partner for
Belarus as Russia.
"[the volume of] Trade with the EU is the same as with
Russia. The EU is about technology, credit resources, and
investment, and so we will work to strengthen this vector," he
Following the Council of Europe recent move to restore
Belarus's special guest status, the organization decided to
open an information office in Minsk to provide the Belarusian
public information about CE program and projects, in particular
human rights, the abolition of the death penalty, promotion of
democracy and democratic values.