Poroshenko, Lukashenko meeting: which issues to be discussed

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leaders will discuss the development of the political, trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the countries
17:19, 20 July 2017

Presidential Administration of Ukraine

It was reported to the administration of the President of Ukraine that the visit of Lukashenko will last two days on 20-21 July. However, no official events were announced for today. This visit of Lukashenko to Kyiv was announced at the meeting of the leaders dedicated to the 31st anniversary of Chernobyl disaster in April.

The negotiations of Poroshenko and Lukashenko will take place on July 21 in the one-on-one format.  The leaders will discuss the development of the political, trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the countries, as the press service of the Belarusian president reported

‘The main attention will be drawn to the current status and perspectives of the cooperation in economy, including such spheres as trade, investments, industrial cooperation, petrochemical complex, energy sector, agriculture, transport and logistics sphere and the development of the near-border cooperation’, the message noted.

Also, the settlement of the Donbas Conflict will become one of the issues of the meeting as Minsk provides the conference venue for the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine since 2014.

The range of the documents will be signed following the results of the negotiations. They will concern the cooperation on economy, science and technic sphere, culture and the international relations.

Presidential Administration press office

It is expected that Poroshenko and Lukashenko will take part in the Ukrainian-Belarusian economic forum. Also, the next session of the Ukrainian-Belarusian Advisory Council and the negotiations between the representatives of the business circles of Ukraine and Belarus will take place within the forum.

‘The Advisory Council plans to consider the perspectives of the development of the Ukrainian-Belarusian trade and economic cooperation within the work of the Eurasian Economic Union and cooperation of Ukraine and the European Union, to discuss the problematic issues of the business dealing, to share insights and the experience of the implementation of the joint projects’, the Trade and Industrial Chamber of Belarus reported.

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) made the decision to implement the biometric control for foreigners who entry Ukraine. The agreement on visa-free regime functions between Ukraine and Belarus, however the source of the Belarus service ‘Radyyo Svaboda’ at NSDC reported that the bilateral agreements can be modified. It is not excluded that Poroshenko and Lukashenko will discuss this issue at the negotiations.

‘The biometric control is planned to be implemented for all countries. The decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine shows that the Government of Ukraine should begin the negotiations about the modification of the bilateral agreements that work in the sphere of the mutual visits’, the source said.

At the previous meeting, the leaders talked much about the next Russian-Belarusian training West-2017 that will take place in September. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine treats this training as the threat. Particularly, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak rose this issue at the meeting with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Alliance claimed that it wants to send the observers to West-2017. However, Lukashenko assured Poroshenko that the training will not become the preparation of the invasion of Ukraine.  

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus called the Ukrainian Ambassador Igor Kizim due to the statements about Slavonic brotherhood-2017 training. The ambassador claimed that the illustrative farce and theatrical performance were shown for the military attaché invited at the training. Kizim said that the real training occurred at another place and any observer or military attache was invited there and urged Minsk for the openness of the training. Minsk also reproached Ukraine that 'the representatives of the Belarusian military attache machinery were not invited to any military international or national training held at the Ukrainian territory since 2013'.


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