A new powerful impetus is needed to set Belarus-Venezuela joint projects in motion, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said as he addressed the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The Belarusian Head of State emphasized that his present visit to Caracas is aimed at intensifying Belarus-Venezuela cooperation across a variety of areas. Belarus and Venezuela are moving from simple trade to more complex forms of cooperation. This is evidenced by the successful joint projects in oil extraction, seismic exploration and engineering, gas supplies, architecture and construction, industry, agriculture and food, science and technology, military and technical cooperation. “All these things create a basis for a fundamentally new level of the Venezuelan economy,” said Alexander Lukashenko. Addressing the problems in the speediest manner is the only thing needed for successful implementation of joint projects, said Alexander Lukashenko.
One of the features of the present-day system of international relations is a lack of balance in it, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in his speech before the National Assembly of Venezuela.
The Belarusian President believes that the United Nations Organization, being the most representative international body, should play the key role in dealing with global problems on the basis of the principles of justice and equality of rights.
Alexander Lukashenko said that the unipolar world, concentration and abuse of power are the key causes behind the global financial and economic crisis. In his words, the unipolar world has unequivocally proved the insolvency and hopelessness of this world order.
“We all see that neither one superpower nor the G8 can effectively handle acute global problems for the benefit of the international community,” said the President.
Alexander Lukashenko expressed the confidence that the policy of partnership is the only instrument fit to overcome new challenges. He called upon all countries regardless of their political beliefs and ideology to unite to resolve the most acute problems such as hunger, poverty, access to energy resources, slave trade, propagation of drugs, armed conflicts, natural and man-caused emergencies. Otherwise, the President emphasized, the survival of the mankind will be threatened.
Speaking about Belarus’ foreign policy priorities Alexander Lukashenko stressed that solid mutually beneficial ties with Russia, the European Union and the CIS states are extremely vital for Belarus.
The head of state pointed out Belarus’ effective resolution of the matters relating to uninterrupted supplies of Russian energy resources to Europe. Apart from that, Belarus is a reliable and responsible partner of the European Union in crime control, the fight against drugs trafficking, illegal migration and other transboundary challenges.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that just like Venezuela Belarus undoubtedly prioritizes the promotion of good relations with the neighboring countries. “Just like Venezuela Belarus is the leader of the regional integration. The creation of the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan on 1 January 2010 has inaugurated a quality new integration stage in the history of these countries”.
Yet the President underlined that Belarus does not distance itself from Europe, with which the country have a common cultural and historical legacy and economic interests that coincide in many aspects.