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Belarus – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and Ms. Elena Kupchina, Deputy Foreign Minister (Paris, May 5, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, received Ms. Elena Kupchina, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus. The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit scheduled to take place in Riga on May 21 and 22, as well as relations between the EU and Belarus. Mr. Désir and Ms. Kupchina discussed the process of resolving the crisis in Ukraine and the meeting, in the Belarus capital, of working groups set up by the Organization (...)

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Introduction

At the political level, contacts with the Belarusian government are in line with the European position: limited in terms of civil society experts until 2008, they resumed in the aftermath of the policy of conditioned re-engagement. Accordingly, in January 2010, and for the first time since 1996, a high-level ministerial visit took place with Belarusian Vice-PM Vladimir Semachko’s trip to Paris. In particular, this latter met with the French Presidency’s Secretary-General, the Secretary of State for European Affairs and the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.

Updated on 04.03.11

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