Belarus – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris, November 6, 2015)

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Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs received Alena Kupchyna, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of developments in the relations between the EU and Belarus, following the temporary suspension of sanctions in response to the release of the last political prisoners and the holding of presidential elections on October 11.

Harlem Désir reaffirmed the efforts expected with respect to human rights and democratic principles. The constructive role played by Belarus in helping to find a lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis and the development of bilateral economic relations were also discussed during the meeting.